Cinema Guildhas acquired UNITED STATES distribution rights to prolific Korean auteur Hong Sangsoos latest feature Walk Up. The film is defined to world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September and can also play in competition at the San Sebastin International Film Festival. Cinema Guild says it plans release a Walk Up in theaters in 2023 following a companys release of Hongs other 2022 title, The Novelists Film, this fall.
Walk Up stars Kwon Haehyo making his ninth appearance in a film by Hong as a film director who complements his daughter Jeongsu (Park Miso) to a building owned by a vintage friend (Lee Hyeyoung). After an involving tour of the structure, the director steps outside for a work call, and then return to exactly the same place, albeit occur another time.
WithWalk Up, Hong returns to a pastime in structure, a defining characteristic of his work. But this time around the structure is really a literal one. As Byunsgoo makes his way up the floors of the building, Hong fills these spaces with a profusion of everyday details spanning art, love, career, religion, dietary decisions and home renovations.
With each new film, Hong Sangsoo continues to get new methods to surprise and delight us, said Cinema Guild president Peter Kelly. We cant wait to see audiences react toWalk Up, a film strikingly original and strikingly Hong.
The offer was negotiated by Kelly and Youngjoo Suh of Korean sales outfit Finecut.