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'The Handmaiden' snags export deals despite missing out at Cannes

All Headlines 10:41 May 23, 2016

SEOUL, May 23 (Yonhap) -- Despite missing out on awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the South Korean film "The Handmaiden" returned home fully loaded with export deals, a local film distributor confirmed Monday.

The erotic thriller by award-winning director Park Chan-wook, best known for "Oldboy" (2003), will premiere in Taiwan on June 24 and in France on Oct. 5, according to CJ Entertainment.

In addition, the film distributor expects to see "The Handmaiden" launch in Australia, Russia, Hong Kong and New Zealand between June and August. The film is anticipated to run in the United States around the September-October period.

The news came after "The Handmaiden" attracted deals from film marketers of 176 countries during the May 11-22 festival. It's an all-time high for a South Korean film, surpassing "Snowpiercer" (2013), a fantasy film by Bong Joon-ho, another globally recognized director, which was sold in 167 countries.

By region, "The Handmaiden" was particularly acclaimed among European buyers, according to CJ Entertainment.

"The Handmaiden" was one of 21 films selected for competition in Cannes but walked away empty-handed.

Starring Kim Min-hee, Kim Tae-ri and Ha Jung-woo, "The Handmaiden" depicts a love story between different social classes, fully tainted with deceit and conspiracy over money. The film is inspired by Sarah Waters' Victorian lesbian crime novel "Fingersmith."

"The Handmaiden" is slated to launch at home on June 1.


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