TALE OF CINEMA by Dennis Lim
105 x 150mm, 216 pages, black and white printing, perfect bound softcover with foil detail, 2022
In the fourth title of our Decadent Editions series, Dennis Lim explores the oeuvre of South Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo via his 2005 film.
‘Dennis Lim deconstructs one by one the usual tropes assigned to Hong’s mise en scène and illuminates other paths to think anew about a filmmaker who stays in constant and elusive movement. Tale of Cinema is both insightful and humorous, a pleasure to read, and a wicked invitation to keep on deciphering Hong Sangsoo’s irreconcilable geometries of love and friendship.’ — Matías Piñeiro
About the film
Forty minutes in, we realise we’ve been watching a film within the film. The ‘real’ characters leave the cinema and find themselves reenacting what they just saw, as a chance encounter invites a suicide pact. Is it life imitating art, or the other way around?
About the author
Dennis Lim is a film curator, teacher, and writer. He is currently the Artistic Director of the New York Film Festival and was Director of Programming at Film at Lincoln Center from 2013 to 2022. His previous book David Lynch: The Man From Another Place (2015) has been translated into three languages.