From Park Chan-wook, the celebrated director of “Oldboy”, “Lady Vengeance” and “Stoker”, comes a ravishing new crime drama. Park presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women — a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance.
In “The Handmaiden” Chan-wook returns to Korea for one of his most ambitious productions yet. In this latest work he continues to display the bold and innovative approach to storytelling and visuals that has made him internationally famous.
Critics and audiences are raving about “The Handmaiden”.
“Director Park has conjured up not only his smartest but also his most stirring film to date. Unflaggingly cool and plus.” — Anthony Lane, The New Yorker
“One of the year’s slyest, sexiest thrillers … so suspenseful, sexy and surprising that it would be a shame to say any more.” — Kevin P. Sullivan, Entertainment Weekly
“An intelligent, funny, erotic thriller.” — Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair
“It’s awesome. The movie feels like a beautifully shot, brilliantly paced page-turner of a novel brought to life.” — Jada Yuan, New York Magazine
“The best film at Cannes this year.” — Bilge Ebiri, The Village Voice
“The Handmaiden” will be shown at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre Dec. 2-8. Showtimes will be 7 p.m. on Friday and Wednesday, Dec. 2 and 7; and 4 p.m. on Sunday and Thursday, Dec. 4 and 8.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona.
Film runtime is 144 minutes.