Closing Film: Stoker

  • 99'
  • South Korea
  • 2012
It was Hitchcock’s Vertigo that made Park Chan-Wook decide to be a filmmaker. Blood-curdling tension, visual symbolism and characters who go off the straight-and-narrow in slow motion are regular ingredients in his films. Stoker, Park’s English-language debut, in which there is more than an echo of Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, is a new high point in his oeuvre.
Evelyn Stoker and her daughter India try to come to terms with father Richard's fatal car crash. The sudden arrival of Richard’s brother Charlie puts the two women emotionally even further off balance. India soon finds out that the mysterious uncle has a hidden agenda. But instead of reacting with fury or shock, she falls in love with him.
The title refers to Bram Stoker, writer of Dracula. But there are no vampires in the plot. There is an opportunist charmer who is targeting the mother and daughter. Stoker is a dark sexual-psychological drama about murder and betrayal.


Director
Park Chanwook
Premiere
International premiere
Countries of production
South Korea, USA
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
99'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan
Production Companies
Scott Free Productions, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Indian Paintbrush
Sales
Fox Searchlight Europe
Screenplay
Wentworth Miller
Cinematography
Chung-hoon Chung
Editor
Nicolas De Toth
Production Design
Thérèse DePrez
Sound Design
Chuck Michael
Music
Clint Mansell
Cast
Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
Local Distributor
Warner Bros. Pictures Holland