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BEIJING -- Writer-director Ounie Lecomte's "A Brand New Life," thought to be the first Korean-French film co-production, has secured a special Out of Competition screening at the Festival de Cannes, upping the event's number of Korean titles to four.

Seoul-based sales agent Fine Cut will handle international sales for the film, which is based partly on Korean-born Lecomte's experience of being adopted by French parents in the 1970s.

Co-produced by Korea's Now Films and France's Gloria Films, "A Brand New Life" was co-written and produced by Korea's former culture minister and leading Korean director Lee Chang-dong ("Secret Sunshine").

In August, when it was still a work in progress, "A Brand New Life"won the $10,000 Overseas Korean Foundation Fund award for a film from a Korean living overseas.

This February, at the Berlinale, Paris-based Diaphana signed on for theatrical distribution in France and Canal Plus grabbed French TV rights.

"Cannes will be the first market where we reveal the fully finished film," Fine Cut marketing manager Jiyoon Lim said Thursday.

The other Korean films at Cannes this year are "Thirst" by Park Chan-wook (In Competition), Bong Joon-ho's "Mother" (Un Certain Regard) and and 1961's "Prince Yeonsan," which will unspool in the Cannes Classics section.