CLAIRE'S CAMERA (KEUL-LE-EO-UI-KA-ME-LA)
The first of two films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo in the festival this year, CLAIRE’S CAMERA is set against the backdrop of the Cannes Film Festival. Hong Sang-soo’s character study follows Man-hee as she tries to navigate the aftermath of being abruptly fired by her jealous boss. When she meets Claire, a teacher from Paris who takes her photo on the beach and offers some sage wisdom on her current predicament, a friendship is formed. A lighter and more whimsical take on Hong’s signature idiosyncratic style, the film’s charms and subtle humor are cemented by wonderful performances from leads Isabelle Huppert and Kim Min-hee. – Jenn Murphy
Renowned for his unique use of cinematographic language, Hong Sang-soo is considered one of the most established and prolific auteurs in contemporary Korean cinema. His films have regularly played AFI FEST over the years, including: THE DAY HE ARRIVES (2011), IN ANOTHER COUNTRY (2012), YOURSELF AND YOURS (2016) and this year's THE DAY AFTER and CLAIRE'S CAMERA.
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