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.
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.
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.”