Korean auteur director Hong Sang-soo¡¯s upcoming film will feature the award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert. Currently in production, the film has yet to be titled or to have a detailed story announced. The prolific director has started shooting up to two films a year and is well-known for his flexible working style when it comes to day-to-day shooting of a story.
Isabelle Huppert had visited Korea in May for publicity on her film Copacabana and to attend a photography exhibit on herself. It was at that time that she told the press that she was interested in collaborating with Korean directors like Lee Chang-dong, Hong Sang-soo, Im Sang-soo, Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook and Bong Joon-ho. The actress has won multiple prizes from the prestigious Cannes, Venice and Berlin film festivals for films such as Michael Haneke¡¯s The Piano Teacher, Claude Chabrol¡¯s Story of Women and Francois Ozon¡¯s 8 Women.
A regular at the Cannes film festival, Hong Sang-soo has a special affinity with France, where he also shot his Korean-artist-in-Paris film .
Hong¡¯s new film also stars Yu Jun-sang, who starred in Hong Sang-soo¡¯s , which was in Cannes¡¯ Un Certain Regard official selection this year. Yu also acted in Hong¡¯s , which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2010, and in , which screened in Cannes¡¯ Directors¡¯ Fortnight in 2009.
Other actors in the film who are returning to work with Hong Sang-soo once again include Moon So-ri and Yoon Yeo-jung who were both in his , and Jung Yu-mi and Moon Sung-geun, who were both recently in his .
Hong Sang-soo is currently shooting his most recent project around South Korea in locations such as Tae-an in South Chungcheong Province, Bu-an in North Jeolla Province, and different locations in Gyeonggi Province.