To the Thinkers and Freaks:
The wonderful Eckerd International Film Series returns on September 14 for the fall with a solid entry from South Korea, The Day He Arrives. A description from the web syllabus is the following.
Seongjun, a former film director, wanders through the streets of Seoul, each day playing out like a flimsy copy of the last and only Seongjun seems to understand why. Infused with a playfulness and dry wit, The Day He Arrives is a meditation on relationships, filmmaking, and the unknowable forces that govern our lives.
And a short review from IMDB
A Little Cinematic Insanity
"The Day He Arrives" is a South Korean film directed by Hong Sang-soo. Beautifully shot in black and white (Shouldn't EVERY film set in winter be shot in black and white?) this film is funny, sad, touching and just a bit insane. Hopping back and forth in time and alternate universes, you see the protagonist, a "well-known filmmaker" who hasn't done anything for a while, interact with old flames and new friends upon his arrival in Seoul. You will see these interactions from different perspectives, with different outcomes, but with the same people as different characters. Confusing? Not as much as my poor description would lead you to believe. Beneath all the trappings of comedy is the story of an artist who no longer creates art, and of a human being trying to rebuild burnt bridges. A small, short, but worthwhile trip to Korean Cinema.
There are so many great films coming from the South Korean emerging film industry, so many that they are hard to keep up with. This film will hopefully inspire freaks and thinkers to look into other great offerings liked Mother and Memories of Murder, great films from the Korean director Joon-ho Bong.
As you know, these screenings are all set for Friday nights at 7 PM and they are free to the public. Such a deal! Check out the website for the film series that this time around will include a showing of one of the great French films of all time, The Wages of Fear (October 5)
Take advantage of this jewel in our midst and make sure you thank the film people at Eckerd if you attend.
Thinking Art Film Freak