THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE
Thursday, October 28
(1998, DCP, 111m) dir Sang-soo Hong w/Jong-hak Baek, Yun-hong Oh, Yu-seok Kim. The Power of Kangwon Province (1998) is Hong Sang-soo’s second feature in a twenty-five-year and twenty-three-film career. There are many similarities across these films, including tourist travel, directionless dialogue, binge drinking, bad sex, and dry humor. The content of the plot is always less significant than the elliptical narrative structure through which it is told. The center of Hong’s practice is repetition. In his better works, including Kangwon, repetition is not redundancy, or a mere gimmick of suspense. By refusing the trap of linear cause and effect, Hong gradually and unassumingly creates an idiosyncratic mood of contemplation, with a dose of underlying dread. Beyond his stationary camera, precision framing, and long takes, it is Hong’s attempt, and sometimes deliberate failure, to reenchant the mysteries of everyday life through this reordering of time that situates him within the broader context of slow cinema in Asia. In slowing down the telling of the human situation in Kangwon, other beings also appear with a new poignancy—fish, sea squirts, turtles, a dog, and the iconic mountains and sea of the province. Hong’s early experiments in particular often inspire a second viewing, to straighten out the connections. Like few other filmmakers, he can capture us with the idea that repetition will reveal something new. —Professor Travis Workman
The Trylon will be operating at 2/3rd capacity for this series. Tickets are free, but we recommend you reserve them online. You are required to show proof of vaccination (vaccine card + government issued-ID that confirms the name listed on the vaccination card) for entry. Concessions will not be offered, for the safety of all patrons!