The Devil in Toronto

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July 28, 2010

Korean pics “Housemaid,” “Devil” invited to Toronto film fest
Reporter: Lucia Hong Editor: Jessica Kim (10Asia)

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 US 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.

Reporter: Lucia Hong luciahong @ Editor: Jessica Kim jesskim @ <Ⓒ 10Asia All rights reserved> 10Asia

September 9-19, 2010
Celebrated Actors And Filmmakers Take Centre Stage As TIFF Announces Stellar Lineup Of Galas And Special Presentations

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® rolls out the red carpet with a selection of 15 Galas and 35 Special Presentations for this year’s Festival, including 25 World Premieres. Taking place from September 9 to 19, this year’s Festival includes the world premieres of new films by Robert Redford, Michael Winterbottom, Guillaume Canet, John Cameron Mitchell, Kiran Rao, Mike Mills and Andrucha Waddington. Critically acclaimed filmmakers Woody Allen, Sylvain Chomet, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Tran Anh Hung, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Mike Leigh, Julian Schnabel and Im Sang-Soo make their North American premieres in Toronto, and the Galas and Special Presentations announced today feature on-screen performances by Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, Aamir Khan, Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Marion Cotillard, Clive Owen, Colin Firth, Juliette Lewis, James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Christopher Plummer, Natalie Portman, Om Puri, Ryan Reynolds, Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan and Hilary Swank. Additional Gala and Special Presentation titles will follow in the coming weeks.

“On the occasion of our 35th anniversary, we are thrilled to announce this selection of important and notable films,” says Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “The richness and diversity of this year’s Galas and Special Presentations programmes reflect the abundance of exciting works from established and emerging filmmakers in the world of cinema.”

“We are honoured that filmmakers choose our Festival to premiere their films to the world,” says Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “We look forward to introducing these films to Toronto audiences – the most informed and enthusiastic filmgoers in the world.”

The Festival’s Galas and Special Presentations programmes will feature premieres of films from countries around the world including Chad, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Galas

The Bang Bang Club Steven Silver, Canada/South Africa
World Premiere

Barney’s Version Richard J. Lewis, Canada/Italy
North American Premiere

Black Swan Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Casino Jack George Hickenlooper, Canada
World Premiere

The Conspirator Robert Redford, USA
World Premiere

The Debt John Madden, USA
North American Premiere

The Housemaid Im Sang-Soo, South Korea
North American Premiere

In this erotic thriller, the housemaid of an upper-class family becomes entangled in a dangerous tryst. A satirical look at class structure, reminiscent of the work of Claude Chabrol, this sexy soap opera is a story of revenge and retribution.

Janie Jones David M. Rosenthal, USA
World Premiere

The King’s Speech Tom Hooper, United Kingdom/Australia
North American Premiere

Little White Lies Guillaume Canet, France
World Premiere

Peep World Barry Blaustein, USA
World Premiere

Potiche François Ozon, France
North American Premiere

The Town Ben Affleck, USA
North American Premiere

The Way Emilio Estevez, USA
World Premiere

West is West Andy De Emmony, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Special Presentations

Another Year Mike Leigh, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Beginners Mike Mills, USA
World Premiere

The Big Picture Eric Lartigau, France
World Premiere

Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spain/Mexico
North American Premiere

Blue Valentine Derek Cianfrance, USA
Canadian Premiere

Brighton Rock Rowan Joffe, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Buried Rodrigo Cortés, Spain/USA
Canadian Premiere

Conviction Tony Goldwyn, USA
World Premiere

Cirkus Columbia Danis Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Premiere

Dhobi Ghat Kiran Rao, India
World Premiere

Easy A Will Gluck, USA
World Premiere

Henry’s Crime Malcolm Venville, USA
World Premiere

The Illusionist Sylvain Chomet, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

In A Better World Susanne Bier, Denmark/Sweden
International Premiere

I Saw the Devil Kim Jee-woon, South Korea
North American Premiere

A hard-boiled thriller from Korean master Kim Jee-woon, I Saw the Devil is a tale of bloody vengeance against a dangerous psychopath who has committed a gruesome series of murders.

It’s Kind of a Funny Story Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden, USA
World Premiere

Jack Goes Boating Philip Seymour Hoffman, USA
International Premiere

L’Amour Fou Pierre Thoretton, France
World Premiere

The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen Andrew Lau, Hong Kong
North American Premiere

Lope Andrucha Waddington, Brazil/Spain
World Premiere

Love Crime Alain Corneau, France
International Premiere

Made in Dagenham Nigel Cole, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Miral Julian Schnabel, United Kingdom/Israel/France
North American Premiere

Never Let Me Go Mark Romanek, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Norwegian Wood Tran Anh Hung, Japan
North American Premiere

Outside the Law Rachid Bouchareb, France/Algeria/Tunisia/Italy/Belgium
North American Premiere

Rabbit Hole John Cameron Mitchell, USA
World Premiere

A Screaming Man Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France/Belgium/Chad
North American Premiere

Stone John Curran, USA
World Premiere

Submarine Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom
World Premiere

That Girl in Yellow Boots Anurag Kashyap, India
North American Premiere

Tamara Drewe Stephen Frears, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

The Trip Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Trust David Schwimmer, USA
World Premiere

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger Woody Allen, United Kingdom/USA/Spain
North American Premiere

Masters

Mysteries of Lisbon Raul Ruiz, Portugal/France
World Premiere

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