South Korean director Hong Sang-soo will premiere his second and third films of the year at this month’s Cannes Film Festival. One of those, The Day After, will screen in competition alongside films from, among others, Michael Haneke, Sofia Coppola, Yorgos Lanthimos and Noah Baumbach. His other film at the festival, Clair’s Camera, starring Isabelle Huppert, will screen out of competition. The director has already had some success at festivals this year, with a nomination for the Golden Bear at February’s Berlinale for On the Beach At Night Alone (2017), for which Kim Min-hee also took home the Silver Bear for Best Actress.
Now, the first images from The Day After have landed, in the form of a (rather low-quality) trailer and a poster. Details about the film are still scarce, but a brief synopsis released by Korean distribution agency Finecut suggests that the film will revolve around the relationship between a man and his wife, who correctly suspects him of having an affair. The trailer gives little more away, but all the images released point to a melancholic, introspective tone. The film stars Kwon Hae-hyo (previously seen in On the Beach At Night Alone and Hong Sang-soo’s previous Huppert collaboration, In Another Country ), Kim Sae-byeok (A Girl At My Door ) and Kim Min-hee, who also stars in Clair’s Camera and was previously seen in Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden (2016).
A cast and crew as strong as this one suggests that The Day After could be one of the dark horses of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
UPDATE: The Cannes Festival website has been updated with further, higher-quality clips from The Day After, in addition to images from Clair’s Camera.
It is Areum’s first day of work at a small publisher. Her boss Bongwan loved and recently broke up with the woman who previously worked there. Today too, the married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work.The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan’s wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.