Hill of Freedom
You can purchase a digital screening of Hill of Freedom for only $12, after which you’ll have 72 hours to watch the film in a virtual screening room created just for patrons of the JBFC.
Each screening of Hill of Freedom purchased during this period will provide much-needed support to both the JBFC and Grasshopper Film—who will evenly split the revenue—as we navigate these uncharted waters.
Any questions? Check out our Virtual Screening Room FAQ.
A note from Senior Programmer Andrew Jupin: Seeing this listing may be giving you a sense of déjà vu: “Didn’t he write a note about the new Hong Sangsoo movie last week?,” you may be asking yourself. Indeed, I absolutely did and you 100% should not miss that one. That said, in my note for Yourself and Yours, I mentioned that Director Hong is an incredibly prolific director—and I wasn’t kidding! It would seem a perfect storm of Hong’s almost film-a-year output and the American film market’s effort to play catch-up has produced a situation where two different film companies are releasing recent works by the director at the same time! Along with Yourself and Yours, the completely delightful Hill of Freedom—which I originally saw back at the 52nd New York Film Festival in 2014, but is only seeing a proper US release this month—is another solid effort from Hong that will delight audiences and help provide an escape for a quick 67 minutes. And because you can never get enough Hong Sangsoo, we’re also offering his 2006 masterpiece, Woman on the Beach, among our repertory releases. I strongly encourage you to take a look at all three films if you can, especially if you’ve never had the pleasure of experiencing the magic of Director Hong’s work before. And considering we’re virtually playing three films by the same director at the same time, this is probably the closest I’ll get to being able to offer a retrospective anytime soon, so please enjoy!
About Hill of Freedom:
2014. 67 m. Hong Sangsoo. Grasshopper Film. South Korea. English & Korean with subtitles. NR.
Kwon (Seo Young-hwa) returns to Seoul from a restorative stay in the mountains. She is given a packet of letters left by Mori (Ryo Kase, Like Someone In Love), who has come back from Japan to propose to her. As she walks down a flight of stairs, Kwon drops and scatters the letters, all of which are undated. When she reads them, she has to make sense of the chronology…and so must we. Shot in the narrow alleys, petite cafes and beautiful hanok inns of Seoul’s historic Jong-ro district, a favorite Hong location, Hill of Freedom is a masterful, alternately funny and haunting tale of love and longing from the great director.
How to watch:
1. Click this link to visit VHX’s virtual cinema platform, where your one-time purchase of $12 will give you access to your virtual ticket to view the film.
2. To ensure that you are able to pause and revisit the film within your rental period, you will be required to create a free account.
3. After you have created an account and entered your payment information, your rental period will start immediately and last for 72 hours. You can view the film via the link in the receipt sent to your email, or simply click “Watch Film” when the confirmation page appears directly after purchase.
4. You will be able to easily watch the film at any time within this period on any of the following platforms:
a. SMART TV (using the browser on your Android TV, Fire TV, or Chromecast)
b. MOBILE DEVICE (iPhone, iPad, Android)
c. COMPUTER (by clicking on the link in your email receipt)
6. Please feel free to reach out to JBFC support for non-streaming questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.