Theatrical release planned for next year

Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother,” which screened at Cannes this year in Un Certain Regard.

Magnolia has also acquired “Barking Dogs Never Bite,” the Korean helmer’s 2000 debut, which has never been released in the U.S. In 2007, Magnolia had an arthouse success with Bong’s “The Host.”

This year’s Korean entry for foreign-language Oscar, “Mother” stars Kim Hye-ja as a mother who tries to prove the innocence of her son, who is accused of murder. Pic screens at the Toronto and New York film fests.

“We want to be releasing Bong’s films as long as he keeps making them,” said Magnolia senior VP Tom Quinn.

Magnolia plans to release “Mother” theatrically early next year.

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