Thursday, March 22, 7:00 PM @ Alliance Francaise de Chicago
CLAIRE'S CAMERA - Midwest Premiere, as part of Festival de la Francophonie 2018.
Guest Speaker: Ron Falzone, Associate Professor of Columbia College Chicago)
Written & Directed by: Hong Sang-soo
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Kim Min-hee, Chang Mi-hee, and Jung Jin-young
Film Source: The Cinema Guild, New York
South Korean/French | 2017 | 69 Minutes | in Korean/French w/English subs | Genre: Drama
Synopsis: A refreshingly sunny performance from Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Elle) is at the center of this comic charmer from South Korean Master Hong Sang-soo. Huppert plays Claire, a school teacher with a camera (that might be magical) on her first visit to Cannes. She happens upon a film sales assistant, Man-hee (Kim Minhee), recently laid off after a one-night stand with a film director (Jung Jiny-oung). Together, this unlikely pair become detectives of sorts, as they wander around the seaside resort town, working to better understand the circumstances of Man-hee's firing—and developing new outlooks on life in the process.
Intricately plotted with wit and charm to spare, "Claire's Camera" explores the power of images to transform us. “The only way to change things,” says Claire, “is to look at them again very slowly.”
"[Hong's] tightrope-long takes of scenes filmed in settings ranging from the picturesque to the banal (restaurants and apartments, cafe terraces, Mediterranean beaches) have an intricate dramatic construction, replete with glittering asides and wondrous coincidences, to rival that of a Hollywood classic. " - Richard Brody. The New Yorker.
"The eternal question of whether cinema, and art in general, can make a difference in people's lives gets a light-hearted affirmative answer in Hong Sang-soo's breezy 69-minute celebration of the mysterious power of filmmaking, "Claire's Camera"." -- Deborah Young. Hollywood Reporter.
"....lovably slender, semi-sweet character study “Claire’s Camera” deftly captures the (Cannes) festival’s warmly disorienting effect on its stragglers....Characters often most reveal themselves when they’re saying nothing of any particular consequence in Hong’s short, loose script...." -- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Claire’s Camera" represents an appealing “about face”—it may be the prolific director’s lightest and funniest work yet." - Michael Smith, Time Out Chicago (click below for the full article.