Controversial Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk’s The Net, set to world premiere at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, has pre-sold to seven countries including Japan (King Records).

The film also sold to Norway (AS Fidalgo Film Distribution), Poland (Aurora Films), Turkey (Bir Film) and the Benelux countries (Contact Film).

The Net is set to receive its North American premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Masters section next month.

The film will also screen in the Cinema In The Garden section at Venice – a festival where Kim has been a regular and where he previously won the Golden Lion for best film in 2012 with Pieta and the Silver Lion for best director in 2004 with 3-Iron. His One On One opened Venice Days in 2014.

The cast of The Net is headed by Ryoo Seung-bum (The Berlin File) and also features Lee Won-gun, Kim Young-min and Choi Guy-hwa.

The story follows a North Korean fisherman who accidentally ends up in South Korea after his boat engine breaks down. Brutally interrogated by the South Korean authorities, who would also like to groom him to be a spy, he glimpses the dark side of the developed country before making it back home where he is interrogated again.

Produced by Kim Ki-duk Film, The Net is written, directed, shot and executive produced by Kim.

Finecut is handling international sales.