Kim Sang-kyung and Ji-won Uhm in Tale of Cinema (2005)
Kim Sang-kyung and Ji-won Uhm in Tale of Cinema (2005)
Tale of Cinema (2005) MK2 Films

ACMI and Fireflies Press present

Tale of Cinema – book launch & screening

Featuring a pre-recorded conversation with Dennis Lim and Giovanni Marchini Camia

Hong Sangsoo | South Korea | 2005 | Unclassified (18+)

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Thu 1 Sep 2022

Join us for the launch of Dennis Lim's new book on Tale of Cinema, and a screening of Hong Sangsoo's revelatory film within a film.

ACMI is proud to be a publishing partner on the Decadent Editions: 10 books about 10 films by Fireflies Press. The series continues with Dennis Lim's book on Tale of Cinema with a screening of the film, a pre-recorded conversation with Dennis Lim and Giovanni Marchini Camia and book launch in the ACMI Shop. The book will be available to purchase on the night from the ACMI Shop.

Please note that your ticket to the Thu 1 Sep event screening includes a drink on arrival in the ACMI Shop plus admission to the screening.

About the film

A bifurcated tale of what cinema can do to those in its thrall, Hong’s sixth feature is composed of two distinct but overlapping halves.

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?

A key work in the first phase of Hong’s career, Tale of Cinema is something like a Rosetta Stone for his subsequent twice-told tales.

Format: DCP
Language: Korean with English subtitles
Source: MK2 Films
Courtesy: MK2 Films
Runtime: 89 min

Event duration

89 mins


Unclassified (18+)


6pm: Book launch (ACMI Shop, Ground Floor)
7pm: Screening (Cinema 1, Level 2)

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About the book

Tale of Cinema (softcover) by Dennis Lim – $21

In the fourth title of the Decadent Editions series, Dennis Lim explores the filmography of South Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo via his 2005 film.

"To discuss the entirety of Hong Sangsoo’s oeuvre, which spans some thirty titles, Dennis Lim decided to focus on one. Lim loves and knows Hong’s work thoroughly, and the film he chose is the crystal in which all the others are reflected. Here is the best gateway into the Hong multiverse."

– Ryûsuke Hamaguchi

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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.

Dennis Lim has recorded a special conversation with Fireflies Press co-founder Giovanni Marchini Camia for this event.

Dennis Lim
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