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July 29–August 4, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Right Now, Wrong Then

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Golden Leopard
Best Actor
Jury Prize
Locarno Intl
Film Fest
"Funny, ingenious, and prickly"
  —Film Comment
4 stars "If you're a fan of Hong Sang-soo's style, this is one of his wittiest relationship films to date"
"No filmmaker better understands the revelatory properties of small talk and soju, and few could make the art of repetition seem so rife with possibilities"
  —Los Angeles Times
"Right Now, Wrong not only his finest work to date but also the very best film released in 2016 so far"
  —AV Club
3 stars½ "Spotting and processing the countless differences between the parts offers pleasures on various levels"
  —Slant Magazine
  —TimeOut Chicago

Winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, prolific South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo's latest feature is a wry, humorous deconstruction of courtship rituals and the offhand decisions that drastically alter everyday experiences. Structured in two contrasting parts and suffused with the director's trademark flair for situational comedy (often fueled by copious amounts of soju), Right Now, Wrong Then centers on an ingratiating and enervating encounter between a wayward film director (Jeong Jaeyoung) and the aspiring young painter (Kim Minhee) who meet by chance at a hillside temple. They decide to spend an increasingly eventful evening together and even though she has never seen any of his films, is nonetheless drawn to his fame. All the while, they may or may not be falling for each other, but at the exact midpoint of the film, the narrative resets, replaying the day with subtle and overt differences, suggesting new meaning in the spaces in between.

Playful and insightful, Hong Sangsoo (Night and Day, Woman on the Beach), once again brings his career-long fascination with the paradoxes of the male-female dynamic and the inherent irony of the human condition to beautifully reciprocal new ends, highlighting the nascent volatility in even the most casual of conversations.

Directed by Hong Sang-soo, 2015, South Korea, 121 mins. In Korean with English subtitles


  • Fri., Jul. 29 at 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sat., Jul. 30 at 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., Jul. 31 at 1 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Aug. 1–4 at 7 & 9:15 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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