Korean films “The Housemaid” and “I Saw the Devil” have been invited to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Canada, according to the official website of the fest on Wednesday.
“Housemaid,” about a young maid hired to work for a wealthy family, will be screened for the first time ever in North America under the Galas program of the fest. The category recognizes films that are noteworthy of winning awards and are making their world or North American premiere.
The officials from the festival explained that “Housemaid” takes a satirical look on class structure, comparing the picture to “La ceremonie” by famed French director Claude Chabrol.
Miro Vision, which handles the overseas distribution for “Housemaid,” had recently closed a U.S. distribution deal with IFC Films to release the film overseas sometime around the end of this year or early next year.
The pic, a remake of a 1960s classic erotic thriller by late director Kim Ki-young, premiered at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in May, where it also swept up six deals at its film market.
The modern adaptation helmed by Im Sang-soo, stars 2007 Cannes best actress award-winner Jeon Do-youn, Lee Jung-jae and veteran actress Yoon Yeo-jung.
Korean thriller “I Saw the Devil” has been invited to the Canadian film event under the Special Presentations segment, where major films from famous directors are shown.
“Devil” is helmed by noted filmmaker Kim Ji-woon, whose previous movies include “A Bittersweet Life” (2005) and “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (2008), and stars top Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Choi Min-sik.
The action thriller pic, which will premiere in local theaters on August 11, is about a secret agent (Lee) who plots revenge against a serial killer (Choi) who killed his fiancee.
The Toronto International Film Festival, a ten day event, is a non-competitive public film festival to run from September 9 to 19 this year.
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