Istituto Luce has become the latest Italian distributor to grab itself a Venice competition title before the festival has started.

The specialist releaser has bought A Good Lawyer's Wife (Baram-Nan Gajok), a sexually-challenging drama from up and coming young Korean director Im Sang-Soo. The title was bought in tandem with Italian video company Monaco International from Korean sales agent E-Pictures.

On the surface A Good Lawyer's Wife seems to be a light, risque, black comedy about contemporary sexual mores, but at its heart Im, whose credits include Tear, delivers a sober and penetrating look at a troubled family.

In recent days both Mikado and Bim have swooped on four picture Venice slates.