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2012 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Hong Sang-soo’s In Another Country

Gist: We’ll just let Hong explain this one in his own words: “In another country, a woman or another woman is, was, will be, encountering the same places and the same people for no other reason than her being in another country.” Huppert allegedly plays three different women in the film, all named Anne, who visit the same seaside town in Korea.

Prediction: The festival will put Hong anywhere they can fit him. One of his weaker features played in Competition a few years ago (Woman is the Future of Man), while recent, stronger films like Like You Know it All and The Day He Arrives placed in Directors Fortnight and UCR, respectively. As relatively low profile as he may be among prevalent auteurs, Hong is the only filmmaker to have a film in either the Fortnight, Competition, or Un Certain Regard in each of the last three years. Add to that the presence of Mdm. Huppert and it all but solidifies that this film will play somewhere in Cannes this May. We’re thinking toward a Competition berth.

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Blake Williams is an avant-garde filmmaker born in Houston, currently living and working in Toronto. He recently entered the PhD program at University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, and has screened his video work at TIFF (2011 & '12), Tribeca (2013), Images Festival (2012), Jihlava (2012), and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley. Blake has contributed to's coverage for film festivals such as Cannes, TIFF, and Hot Docs. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (Rosetta), Haneke (Code Unknown), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (Happy Together), Kiarostami (Where is the Friend's Home?), Lynch (INLAND EMPIRE), Tarantino (Reservoir Dogs), Van Sant (Last Days), Von Trier (The Idiots)

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