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Part of SFFILM Festival

Winter’s Night

Directed by Jang Woo-jin

South Korea | Fiction Feature | 92

12 Apr
Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 6:00 pm PT
14 Apr
Sun, Apr 14 at 5:30 pm
Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive
15 Apr
Mon, Apr 15 at 8:30 pm
The Theater at Children's Creativity Museum


While stranded overnight in a remote temple town, middle-aged couple Eun-ju and Heung-ju are cast adrift with strangers in a mysterious environment. The objective of the couple’s visit was to try and capture the spark of their younger years but it instead unfolds as an inquiry into the current state of their relationship, in the conversational vein of master directors Hong Sang-soo and Abbas Kiarostami. The evocative wintry setting and enigmatic origins of the subsidiary characters add just the right element of Shakespearean magical realism to Jang Woo-jin’s intimate, moving story.

“Hitting emotional grace notes that belie his relatively tender years, 33-year-old South Korean auteur/director Jang Woo-jin offers a bittersweet rumination on love, marriage, and midlife disillusionment in this quietly enchanting third feature … The film’s visual grammar is poised and precise, but understated enough to serve the story above all else. Jang and cinematographer Yang Jeong-hoon favor still, empty, symmetrical composition, marking scene divisions with painted historical tableaux. The nocturnal setting, with its frozen waterfalls and neon-lit snowscapes, lends an alluringly alien beauty to this Midwinter Night’s Dream.” – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

Director Jang Woo-jin

Winter’s Night is Jang Woo-jin’s third feature. He debuted with A Fresh Start (2014), winner of the Grand Prize in the Korean Film Competition at the Jeonju Film Festival. That was followed by Autumn, Autumn (2016).

Film Details

Year 2018

Language Korean

Premiere North American

Runtime 92

Country South Korea

Director Jang Woo-jin

Producer Kim Dae-hwan

Writer Jang Woo-jin

Editor Jang Woo-jin

Cinematographer Yang Jeong-hoon

Cast Seo Young-hwa, Yang Heung-ju, Lee Sang-hee

Original Language Title Gyeo-wul-ba-me