Korean Film “Sleep” Makes Cannes Debut: Shocking and Sensational Story about a Newlywed Couple
The response to the Korean film “Sleep” invited to the 75th Cannes International Film Festival is remarkable.
The film “Sleep” (director: Yoo Jae Sun) starring actors Jung Yumi and Lee Sun Kyun was invited to the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week.
Critics’ Week is a section focused on discovering new talents in the film industry. Director Yoo’s invitation has placed him as a candidate for the Caméra d’Or, which corresponds to the Best First Feature Film.
“Sleep” tells the story of a newlywed couple. Hyun Soo is the husband and Soo Jin is the wife. Their lives are haunted by Hyun Soo’s sleep-related abnormal behavior.
“Sleep” portrays the struggles of a couple who strive to uncover the terrifying secret that unfolds when Hyun Soo falls asleep.
Ava Cahen, the executive director of Critics’ Week, explained the reason for selecting “Sleep” as an invitation, stating, “’Sleep’ leaves no room for drowsiness. Director Yoo, who comes from the assistant director background of director Bong Joon Ho, has created a sensational film about a young couple’s struggle before and after giving birth to a child.“
Director Bong Joon Ho also praised the film, saying, “Among the films I’ve watched in the past 10 years, it is the most unique horror film and a smart debut film. An unpredictable drama of a couple unfolds in the most ordinary spaces of daily life. I hope the audience faces this film in front of the screen without any prior knowledge.”
“Sleep” will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.