The Woman Who Ran [Online]

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Jul. 16 – Aug. 20, 2021

$10 General Admission

Hong Sangsoo
South Korea
1h 17m


** This film is preceded by the short film that one night after work, NWFF’s third Local Shortiez selection! Read more below. **

The 24th feature from Hong Sangsoo, The Woman Who Ran follows Gamhee (Kim Minhee), who has three separate encounters with friends while her husband is on a business trip. Youngsoon (Seo Youngwha) is divorced, has given up meat and likes to garden in her backyard. Suyoung (Song Seonmi) has a crush on her architect neighbor and is being hounded by a young poet she met at the bar. Woojin (Kim Saebyuk) works for a movie theater. Their meeting is polite, but strained. Before long, their shared history bubbles to the surface.

With characteristic humor and grace, Hong takes a simple premise and spins a web of interconnecting philosophies and coincidences. The Woman Who Ran is a subtle, powerful look at dramas small and large faced by women everywhere.

Description and images courtesy of Cinema Guild.


A bittersweet rumination on female friendships, beautifully anchored by [Hong’s] regular muse Kim Min-hee, and featuring a feline cameo for the ages.” – Guy Lodge, The Guardian

The best film of the year.” – James Quandt, ArtForum

Working with characteristic wit and sly structural repetitions, [Hong] brings this deft, unassuming story to a startlingly emotional place.” – Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

This film is preceded by a NWFF "Local Shorty":

that one night after work

(Cris Romento, 2:26 min)
that one night after work is a little film exploring the subtleties of intimacy in a crowded bar and that first time feeling in a very regular place.

Local Shortiez is a new programming initiative that promotes the work of PNW-based short filmmakers, placing under-three-minute short films before select feature films in the Forum’s Virtual Cinema. Learn more and/or submit your Local Shortie >

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