Korean producer/distributor Mirovision has pre-sold Im Sang-soo’s (pictured) remake of Kim Ki-young’s classic erotic thriller The Housemaid to Pretty Pictures for France.

“Having successfully released Im Sang-soo’s The Old Garden, and since Im Sang-soo is considered in France to be in the top 5 of well-known and highly considered Korean directors, and being a fan of the original film, how could we not jump at the opportunity to pre-buy The Housemaid!” said James Velaise, head of Pretty Pictures.

Im’s The President’s Last Bang was in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2005, and his A Good Lawyer’s Wifein Venice 2003.

His remake of The Housemaid stars Jeon Do-yeon - who won the 2007 Cannes Best Actress Award for Secret Sunshine, as the housemaid who wreaks havoc on an upper-class family.

The film stars heartthrob Lee Jung-jae (Typhoon) as the philandering patriarch with Seo Woo, from Park Chan-ok’s recently acclaimed Paju, as his wife.

“We very much hope that the film will be in Cannes but that is of course out of hands and is purely a matter for the Cannes selectors. Our fingers are of course crossed, but there is no doubt that Im Sang-soo has reached a point in his career where such an honour would not be surprising,” says Velaise.

The film is in post with plans for a local release in May.