Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. rights to the Cannes competition entry "In Another Country," the latest film by South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo ("Night and Day"), that stars Isabelle Huppert. The film marks Sang-soo's first English-language film (it's also in Korean).
Here's the desciption courtesy of Kino Lorber:
"In Another Country" features Ms. Huppert playing three different characters in three different story segments - all of them spanning from the imagination of a young film student called Wonju (Jung Yumi).
Kino Lorber plans to have the film tour U.S. festivals before a national theatrical rollout later this year.
Full release below:
KINO LORBER ACQUIRES ALL US RIGHTS TO HONG SANG-SOO'S NEW FILM IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (2012), STARRING THE GREAT ISABELLE HUPPERT.
FILM CURRENTLY IN COMPETITION AT CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
New York, NY - May 23, 2012 - Kino Lorber is proud to announce the acquisition of all US rights to IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (2012), the latest film by South Korean master Hong Sang-soo (Night and Day, Woman is the Future of Man). Starring two-time, Best Actress winner (Cannes Film Festival) Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Violette, White Material), the film stands as Mr. Hong's first English-speaking production to date (with dialogue in Korean as well).
Currently in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY features Ms. Huppert playing three different characters in three different story segments - all of them spanning from the imagination of a young film student called Wonju (Jung Yumi).
As three different French tourists visiting the same seaside resort (first as a famous film director, then as the wife of a motor-executive having an affair with a filmmaker, and then, as a wealthy and recently divorced housewife), Isabelle Huppert shines in another story-within-a-story narrative - as it is often the case with Mr. Hong's films.
For Kino Lorber, IN ANOTHER COUNTRY represents another chance to work with the prestigious South Korean sales company Finecut, after the successful US release of Poetry (2010), which was written and directed by Lee Chang-dong (Oasis, Secret Sunshine). The deal was negotiated between Kino CEO Richard Lorber and Finecut CEO Youngjoo Suh.
"I have been a long time follower of Hong Sang-soo's career," wrote Richard Lorber "and believe IN ANOTHER COUNTRY is a breakthrough film for him; it will please both his core art house base and attract new film lovers open to uniquely original cinema that balances heart and mind with refreshing visual style."
"Together with Huppert, Hong Sang-soo has made a deceptively light-hearted picture that resonates playfully with potent ideas and probing emotions. Moreover, I'm confident that American audience won't miss the chance to see the remarkable Isabelle Huppert reinvent her character in three different roles in a single film."
Kino Lorber is planning to launch the film in the US festival circuit during late summer and fall - before a national theatrical rollout later this year.