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Right Now, Wrong Then
(Ji-geum-eun mat-go geu-ddae-neun teul-li-da)

Screening on Film
Directed by Hong Sangsoo.
With Jeong Jae-yeong, Kim Min-hee, Yoon Yeo-jeong.
South Korea, 2015, DCP, color, 121 min.
Korean with English subtitles.
DCP source: Grasshopper Films

A director’s mistaken early arrival to a small-time film festival sets into motion a chain of misunderstandings whose tragicomic reverberations Hong extends and ponders through a daring gambit by repeating the story, with slight differences, a second time. The diptych vision of Right Now, Wrong Then lends a rich polyvalence to the encounter between the filmmaker and a struggling young artist, inventing composite characters whose charm and flaws are ultimately revealed to be two sides of the same coin. A meditation on (mis)communication and empathy, Hong’s celebrated masterpiece gives the viewer a refreshing new agency by inviting us to decide which is the ethically, logically “right” story and asking us to understand the meaning of this judgment.

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