(Park Chan-wook, S Korea 2016, 144mins, subtitled)
Visionary director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) creates a sumptuous and exhilarating period thriller, complete with gorgeous visuals and a grandiose set design. Set in 1930s occupied Korea, a young handmaiden is tasked to trick a wealthy heiress of her fortune, but when the two develop unexpected emotions for each other, they begin plotting a clever scheme of their own.
Discussion in conjunction with Aberration:
As the film, The Handmaiden, includes a lesbian love story and is loosely based on the Sarah Waters novel, Fingersmith, our friends at Aberration (Aber's LGBT arts night) have arranged some special extras for you.
Before the film, there will be a Pop-up Book Club in the Arts Centre Bookshop at 5.30pm. Join Jane Hoy for an hour of lively discussion about Fingersmith. Read the book beforehand and bring along your copy. Put a bookmark in your favourite page!
After the screening, Helen Sandler will chair a Q&A with Aberystwyth University lecturers Stephanie Jones (film) and Natasha Alden (literature). This is also a chance for you, the audience, to comment on the film, your reactions to it, or how it compares to the novel.