1. The Day He Arrives
Director: Hong Sang-soo
Like many of director Hong Sang-soo’s previous films, The Day He Arrives examines a filmmaker who indulges in liquor, sex, and self-reflection. The emphasis on seemingly routine, everyday details plays a heavy role in the film’s underlying makeup. The Day He Arrives champions the notions of repetition, reappearance, and recurrence so effortlessly that impossible not to fall under the film's hypnotic spell. An art-house flick that favors visual panache over complicated story may sound like a familiar concept, but, here, Sang-soo’s methodology excels compared to most.