IFC Films knows what it's doing when it comes to acquiring interesting international genre pieces, so I'm inclined to trust them when it comes to THE HOUSEMAID, which they've just acquired. The erotic thriller, from director Im Sang-soo, made its world premiere in Competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival; IFC plans to show it at key Fall film festivals and then release it early next year.
Here's what it's all about: THE HOUSEMAID is a sumptuous and erotic thriller set within the household of a beautiful and extremely wealthy family. When they hire a comely young maid to work with an older housekeeper, she is specifically assigned to cater to the spoiled and vastly pregnant wife, who will soon give birth to twins, and her agreeable young daughter. However, it's not long before she attracts the attention of her husband and soon finds herself pregnant. It's only when the family's social order is disturbed that all hell breaks loose.
President of IFC Entertainment Jonathan Sehring said: “THE HOUSEMAID is one of the most sheerly entertaining and sexy thrillers we have seen in years. It establishes Im Sang-soo as a major filmmaker and reconfirms that some of the best filmmaking anywhere in the world is happening in South Korea. We couldn't be happier that Mirovision entrusted this film to us and think it’s the perfect fit for all of our platforms.”
Expect an IFC-made trailer to premiere soon, but for now take a gander at the international one below.