The festival's organizing committee on Wednesday released the lineup of films for the competition category.
The story of the film begins when a middle-aged man has a chance encounter with his child and two young women by a river.
"Hotel by the River", Hong's 23rd film, is widely tipped to win an award at the festival. It stars Kim Min-hee, who has appeared in many of Hong's films including "Right Now, Wrong Then" (2015), "On the Beach at Night Alone" (2017), "The Day After" (2017), "Claire's Camera" (2017) and "Grass" (2018).
In 2013, Hong became the first Korean director to win the Best Director award at the Locarno festival, for "Our Sunhi". Two years later, "Right Now, Wrong Then" was named Best Film and won the Best Actor award for Jung Jae-young.
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