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With the much-celebrated Vengeance Trilogy to his credit, South Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park is a director that critics and cinephiles around the world are keeping an eye on. As follow-up to his vampire drama Thirst, which won the Jury Prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Park is unleashing his first English-language feature Stoker. Written by Chloe scribe Erin Cressida Wilson and Wentworth Miller (yes, of Prison Break fame), this chilling mystery movie centers on a deeply dysfunctional family unit. And we couldn't be more excited to meet them.
Mia Wasikowska stars as India Stoker, a girl whose mother is cruel and father is dead. Nicole Kidman plays Evelyn 'Evie' Stoker, India's malevolent matriarch, and Watchmen's Matthew Goode portrays the mysterious Uncle Charlie, who moves in with the feuding family of two shortly after his brother's death. But far from a story of a family coming together in their grief, Stoker's trailer teases something far darker, and profoundly twisted. Following suit, the latest promotional international poster gives us a disturbing look at the film's central figures. Check out below, thanks to IMP Awards:
Giving a more deliberate nod to the feature's deranged narrative, the title translated from the Spanish above reads "perverse ties." Something another of the production's international posters hinted at with its gnarled and cluttered family tree. It being December, movie fans are being flooded with buzz about all of this year's Academy Award contenders, yet Stoker's strange and enchanting marketing already has us eagerly looking ahead to 2013.
Stoker will open in limited release in the United States on March 1st, 2013. Preceding that, it will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.