New indie distributor Grasshopper Film only launched a couple of weeks ago, but they’ve wasted no time in getting together an impressive debut slate of titles. The company made its debut by announcing it had picked up Asghar Farhadi’s 2006 marital drama “Fireworks Wednesday,” with plans to release it in U.S. theaters for the first time in two decades, and now they’ve picked up another acclaimed foreign film with Hong Sang-soo’s “Right Now, Wrong Then.” The time-bending romance won top honors at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival last August, and played to rave reviews at TIFF and NYFF in the fall.
The official synopsis reads: “Quite by accident, film director Chunsu arrives in town a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist, Yoon Heejung. She’s never seen any of his films, but knows he’s famous. They talk. And together, they go to Heejung’s workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju. More conversation follows, and drinks, and then an awkward get-together with friends where all sorts of secrets are revealed. All the while, Chunsu and Yoon may or may not be falling for each other. Then, quite unexpectedly, we begin again, but now things appear somewhat different.”
“Ever since I watched ‘The Power of Kangwon Province’ many years ago, I’ve become enamored by the films of this great director,” said Ryan Krivoshey, Grasshopper founder, in an official statement. “So it’s truly a privilege for his latest masterwork, ‘Right Now, Wrong Then,’ to be among the first films we release at Grasshopper. We look forward to bringing this extraordinary film to audiences across the country.”
Grasshopper Film has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the movie. The deal was negotiated by Krivoshey and Youngjoo Suh, CEO of Finecut. No release date has been set.