Screened as part of NZIFF 2017

Claire’s Camera 2017

Keul-le-eo-ui ka-me-la

Directed by Hong Sang-soo World

In director Hong Sang-soo’s wry observation of the end of an affair, Isabelle Huppert plays a French photographer who befriends a young Korean woman (The Handmaiden’s Kim Min-hee) at the Cannes Film Festival.

South Korea In English, French and Korean with English subtitles
69 minutes DCP

Director/Producer/ Screenplay


Lee Jin-keun


Hahm Sung-won




Kim Min-hee (Jeon Man-hee)
Isabelle Huppert (Claire)
Chang Mi-hee (Nam Yang-hye)
Jung Jin-young (Director So Wan-soo)
Yoon Hee-sun
Lee Wan-min
Kang Taeu
Mark Peranson
Shahira Fahmy


Cannes (Special Screenings) 2017


Hong Sang-soo’s wry view of romantic misadventure draws ever closer to his own world in this latest film. Set at the Cannes Film Festival, Claire’s Camera was shot there in 2016, when lead actress Kim Min-hee and Isabelle Huppert were presenting The Handmaiden and Elle, respectively.

Kim plays Man-hee, a manager at a film sales company who is abruptly fired by her boss, ostensibly for dishonesty, though her drunken night with a filmmaker attending the festival may have been a factor. Claire (Huppert), a teacher from Paris, walks around La Croisette taking pictures with her polaroid camera. After she approaches Man-hee for a photo, the two form a friendship, amusingly conducted in halting English.

“Wisely turning her lens towards Man-hee, Isabelle Huppert’s Claire seeks to capture the arresting turmoil that actor Kim Min-hee so subtly expresses and which contributes a compelling wrinkle to Hong’s familiar themes. Both a loving homage to the film festival that has built Hong Sang-soo’s reputation and an accomplished work on its own terms, Claire’s Camera proves that its director’s talent can’t be fenced in by national borders.” — Bradley Warren, The Playlist