Join us for a screening of The Handmaiden (2016) at 6pm on Monday 11th November in the Lupino.
This adaptation for Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith was directed by Park Chan-wook and shifts the story to Korea. As Mark Kermode comments on the film:
There are giddy pleasures to be found in this rip-roaringly ripe erotic thriller/melodrama from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook. Inspired by Sarah Waters’s 2002 novel Fingersmith, The Handmaiden is a playfully provocative tale of seduction, desire and deceit. Slyly undermining stereotypes of fall guys and femmes fatales (this is more Bound than Basic Instinct), Park’s film takes great delight in wrong-footing its audience, peeling away layers of mesmerising misdirection with delicious cinematic sleight of hand. As the serpentine narrative spirals back and forth upon itself, we witness the same events from multiple perspectives, each one more revealing than the last.
The film will be introduced by Dr Susan Wang.