IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE (South Korea) , One-time screening, Palm Springs Premiere, Desert Film Society, Historic Camelot Theatre @ Palm Springs Cultural Center
After years of living abroad, a middle-aged former actress (Lee Hye-young) has returned to Seoul to reconnect with her past and perhaps make amends. Over the course of one day in Seoul, via various encounters—including with her younger sister; a shopkeeper who lives in her converted childhood home; and, finally, a well-known film director with whom she would like to make a comeback—we discover her resentments and regrets, her financial difficulties, and it’s obvious there is much she is not revealing. Her big secret is keeping her aloof from the world. IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE finds the endlessly prolific Hong Sangsoo in a particularly contemplative mood; it’s a film that somehow finds that life is at once full of grace and a sick joke.
In her first role for Hong, Lee, a prominent theater and screen actress in South Korea, makes a captivating return to the big screen. With IN FRONT OF YOUR FACE, Hong suggests that perhaps the most important things in this life are also the most immediate.
Run time: 85 min
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Premiere: Palm Springs / Coachella Valley
Director: /Writer: Hong Sang-soo
Principal Cast: Yunhee Cho, Lee Hye-yeong, Hae-hyo Kwon
Distributor: The Cinema Guild
Festivals & Awards:
— Cannes Film Festival
–Official Selection – New York Film Festival
Tickets: Free to 2022 DFS members. Non-members $15 cash at the door. Doors unlock at 9:30 AM for complimentary coffee. Film begins promptly at 10:00.
Covid Restrictions: Photo ID, Proof of full vaccination including booster shot, Seating is socially distanced. Please allow 2 empty seats between you and another party and do not sit directly behind anyone.