The crime drama "The Next Sohee" directed by Jung July and starring actor Bae Doona will be the closing film in the International Critics' Week of next month's Cannes Film Festival, which marks its 75th anniversary this year.
The movie is the first from Korea to close the Critics' Week section of the festival, which runs this year from May 17-28.
The film's production company Twin Plus Partners on April 20 said the festival's organizers officially announced its invitation of the film to the Critics' Week event.
This is the second invitation for Jung, whose first was for her debut film "A Girl at My Door," which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 festival.
"The Next Sohee" is about a high school girl who suffers an unexpected fate after undergoing field training at a call center. A police detective investigating the case questions what happened.
Two Plus Partners said the Critics' Week's committee found the movie "very powerful," adding that "she (Jung) made another step after 'The Girl at My Door.'"
Since 1962, films with fresh and artistic value chosen by members of the French Syndicate of Film Critics have been screened during the Critics' Week. About 10 works are selected every year from either the first or second film of the chosen directors. This section is considered one of the most competitive at Cannes.
Korean films previously invited to this section include "Christmas in August" by director Hur Jin-Ho, "Happy End" by Jung Ji-Woo, "Bedeviled" by Jang Cheol-Soo and "Coin Locker Girl" by Han Jun-hee. "The Next Sohee" is thus the seventh Korean work to be invited and the first to close the Critics' Week.
Bae, who plays the detective in the film, said, "When I first read the script, I was convinced that this movie could resonate with the world, and as an actor, I'm ecstatic that the movie's first step out into the world is an honor like this."
Jung added, "I confidently introduce these jewel-like actors to audiences worldwide."