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'The Handmaiden' art director wins independent award at Cannes

All Headlines 17:32 May 24, 2016

SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) -- The art director for the South Korean movie "The Handmaiden" has won an independent award at the 69th Cannes Film Festival, a film distributor here said Tuesday.

Ryu Seong-hie, the art director for the thriller, captured the Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist, CJ Entertainment said. Ryu is the first South Korean winner of the Vulcan Award.

Directed by Park Chan-wook, "The Handmaiden" was one of 21 films selected for competition but was shut out of awards there.

Created in 2003, the Vulcan Award is presented by a special jury, appointed by the Superior Technical Commission of Image and Sound.

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

Although the film did not sweep awards at the Cannes festival, it brought home lucrative export deals from film marketers in 176 countries. This is an all-time high for a South Korean film, surpassing "Snowpiercer" (2013), a Bong Joon-ho fantasy film sold in 167 countries.

"The Handmaiden" will premiere at home on June 1.


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