Park Chan-wook’s ‘The Handmaiden’ wins best foreign film at BAFTA Awards

February 20, 2018
A still from Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" (Yonhap)

A still from Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden” (Yonhap)

LONDON, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) — “The Handmaiden” by South Korean director Park Chan-wook has picked up the trophy for the best non-English film at the 71st British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

The Korean erotic thriller received the award at the 2018 BAFTA Awards ceremony held at Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday (local time).

The film was one of the five nominees for the prize, along with “Elle” by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,” Russia’s “Loveless” and the Iranian film “The Salesman.”

Loosely based on Sarah Waters’ Victorian lesbian crime novel “Fingersmith,” the Korean film tells the story of a young maid hired by a con man to seduce a wealthy heiress, only to fall in love with her.

The erotic thriller starring Kim Min-hee, Cho Jin-woong, Ha Jung-woo and Kim Tae-ri was in competition at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in 2016. It won Best Foreign Picture and Best Production Design from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) in December the same year.

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