'Bruna Surfistina' director Baldini to helm

CANNES — Korean director Im Sang-soo, whose “The Taste of Money” bows Saturday in Cannes competition, looks set to see his 2010 competition player “The Housemaid” become a Brazilian TV series and feature film.

Underscoring the increasingly global nature of much remake biz these days, Oliver Kwon and Bernardo da Fonseca at Brazil’s Americas Film Conservancy have optioned “Housemaid’s” Portuguese-language rights.

AFC will produce the small-screen version with Sao Paulo’s Bossa Nova Films. They will also produce a feature for the Brazilian market.

Marcus Baldini, who helmed B.O. hit “Bruna Surfistina,” which grossed $12 million in Brazil, is attached to helm “Housemaid’s” Brazilian makeover.

Im’s “The Housemaid,” which itself was a loose remake of a ’60s Korean thriller, turns on a servant girl used and abused by a rich couple whose husband gets her pregnant. It was a box-office hit in Korea, drawing 2.3 million admissions there in 2010, and was picked up by IFC for U.S. distribution.

Based out of Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, AFC is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Latin American films.

One of Brazil’s most-active international co-producers, Bossa Nova’s recent credits include “Tropicalia,” a documentary about the Brazilian music movement, which received its North American premiere at Telluride.

Bossa Nova also co-produced Andres Wood’s Sundance Jury Prize winner, “Violeta Went to Heaven,” about Chilean protest-singer Violeta Parra.

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