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Director Hong Sang-soo's new film opens in Seoul

All Headlines 18:33 February 19, 2013

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo said Tuesday that he depicted extramarital relations in his latest work, because people normally suffer the most when their desires conflict with social norms.

Hong's latest film "Nobody's Daughter Haewon" made its South Korean debut Tuesday, after it was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on Friday.

The drama is about a college student named Haewon (played by Jeong Eun-chae) who wants to end her secret affair with her professor, Seong-jun (played by Lee Seon-gyun).

"I think people often experience conflict between their inner desire and the social norms, and that chemistry between man and woman can cause the most serious conflict," Hong said during a press conference in Seoul to promote the movie. "And I think resolving such a conflict is one of the most important things in life."

In the film, Haewon, depressed after bidding farewell to her mother who is set to immigrate to Canada the next day, meets Seong-jun again after a long absence. She, however, comes to have a more difficult time when her secret affair is exposed to her classmates that same day.

Asked how she felt when she took to the red carpet for the first time at the Berlin festival, the rookie actress, Jeong, said that she felt great.

"The movie was premiered at a 1,600-seat theater. I felt great because I could feel the good response of the audience since we received a lot of warm applause and praise from them," she said.

"Although we failed to bring home any prize, the experience will be remembered for a long," she added.

The film is set to open at local theaters on Feb. 28.


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