Two Korean features have been invited to this year's Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The fest, which has yet to announce its full line-up, will present Kim Jee-woon
's "I Saw the Devil
" and the North American premiere of IM Sang-soo's "The Housemaid - 2010"
during its run September 9 – 19.
"I Saw the Devil
", which has its Korean release August 11, will screen in TIFF's Special Presentations section – a program devoted to major films from renowned directors. Director KIM is one of Korea's top three genre masters with previous films, the Manchuria-set "kimchi" western "The Good, the Bad, the Weird
" (2008) and noirish-mafia-thriller "A Bittersweet Life
" (2005) winning critical acclaim and broad festival play. Actor Lee Byung-hun
, who starred in KIM's last two films, takes the lead, playing a secret agent who plans gruesome revenge on a vicious serial killer, played by Choi Min-sik
"The Housemaid - 2010"
, an erotic-thriller, is a remake of the 1960 Kim Ki-young
classic "The Housemaid - 1960
". The 2010 version had its world premiere in competition at Cannes and stars former Cannes Best Actress winner Jeon Do-yeon
. TIFF officials explained that "The Housemaid - 2010"
takes a satirical look on class structure, comparing the picture to La Ceremonie by famed French director Claude Chabrol. Korean production company and sales agent Mirovision recently signed a deal with IFC for multi-platform distribution in North America.
Nigel D'Sa (KOFIC)