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Hong Sangsoo Plays With Time in Backwards ‘Right Now, Wrong Then’ Trailer

Hong Sangsoo Plays With Time in Backwards 'Right Now, Wrong Then' Trailer


Hong Sangsoo, the highly-prolific Korean auteur whose movies are rife with soju-drinking and philosophical discussions, returns to theaters this summer with “Right Now, Wrong Then.” In advance of its June 24 release, courtesy of Grasshopper Film, his latest low-key drama has a new trailer. A favorite of the festival circuit, Hong won the prestigious Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival (his second) for his work on the film.

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The beguiling trailer, lasting just under two minutes, consists entirely of backwards footage of a man and woman repeating variations of the title to one another: “Right now?” “Wrong then.” (Incidentally, this isn’t actually a first for Hong — Cinema Guild’s trailer for “The Day He Arrives” was also backwards.) Since, like all great trailers, it gives almost no sense of the plot, a primer: A filmmaker arrives in town a day early and, to kill time before delivering a lecture, wanders around an old palace and meets a woman. From there, time stops making perfect sense. If that premise sounds familiar, it’s likely because several of Hong’s works could be described similarly.

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Grasshopper, an exciting new presence in the realm of art-house distribution, launched in February and has already released Asghar Farhadi’s “Fireworks Wednesday.” Other forthcoming titles include fellow Locarno 2015 premieres “Kaili Blues” and “The Academy of Muses.”

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