Cannes: South Korean Thriller 'The Wailing' Kicks Off With Flurry of Deals

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'The Wailing'

Metropolitan Filmexport picked up the out-of-competition title by Fox International Productions for French-speaking territories.

Seoul-based sales company Finecut kicked off this year's Cannes film market with flurry of deals for The Wailing, which will make its international premiere May 18 in the out-of-competition section of the French fest.

Metropolitan Filmexport has picked up the thriller, also known as Gokseong (Goksung) for Francophone regions including France, French-speaking Benelux and Switzerland. The deal was negotiated between Finecut CEO Youngjoo Suh and Cyril Burkel, acquisitions exec at Metropolitan Filmexport.

"The Wailing mixed the expected and the unexpected like no other thriller in recent memory,” said Burkel.

Metropolitan Filmexport will set details about its French release after its presentation at Cannes.

Meanwhile, The Wailing also found a home in Mainland China with Infotainment Media, and Well Go USA Entertainment has picked up North American rights and is planning to release the pic on May 27.

The Wailing is the third film by Na Hong Jin, whose two previous movies have both bowed at Cannes. The Chaser was invited to screen out of competition in 2008, and his powerful second feature, The Yellow Sea, was selected for Un Certain Regard in 2010.

Presented and produced by Fox International Productions and co-produced by SideMirror, The Wailing opened in Korea on Wednesday. It tells the story of a mysterious string of deaths that occur in a rural village and a father's struggle to save his daughter from succumbing to the same tragedy.

Other upcoming films from Finecut include The Age of Shadows, the new movie from acclaimed director Kim Jee woon, whose "kimchi Western" The Good, The Bad, The Weird previously showed at Cannes.