Director Hong Sang Soo‘s new film The Woman Who Ran, which won the Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival, will be released in North America.
According to Hollywood Reporter and Screen Daily, The Woman Who Ran has recently sold the copyright to Cinema Guild, a North American distributor.
Just as director Bong Joon Ho has NEON on his side, director Hong Sang Soo has Cinema Guild by his side. Cinema Guild has introduced seven films directed by Hong Sang Soo to North American theaters, including On the Beach at Night Alone (2017), Hotel by the River (2018), The Day He Arrives (2011) and The Woman Who Ran.
On March 2, Hollywood Reporter reported that Cinema Guild president Peter Kelly stated, “We’re so pleased to be working with Hong Sang-soo again to bring ‘The Woman Who Ran’ to U.S. audiences. Once again, Hong has delivered a truly original work that’s sure attract new fans while delighting the diehards.”
This is the first time that director Hong Sang Soo, who was considered a regular guest of the world’s top three film festivals, Cannes, Berlin and Venice, has won the award in major categories. This is the second time a Korean director has won Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival since Kim Ki Duk, a director of Samaria in 2004. Hong’s lover and persona Kim Min Hee, who also starred in The Woman Who Ran, previously won the Silver Bear, the equivalent of best actress award, at the same film festival for On the Beach at Night Alone.