Hailing out of Vietnam is Derek Nguyen’s The Housemaid, which scored its North American premiere at the LA Film Festival in their Nightfall category. IFC just released the trailer while announcing a February 16, 2018, release on VOD platforms.
In the film, after an orphaned Vietnamese girl is hired to be a housemaid at a haunted rubber plantation in 1953 French Indochina, she unexpectedly falls in love with the French landowner and awakens the vengeful ghost of his dead wife.
Nhung Kate, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Rosie Fellner, Phi Phung, and Kien An star.
“A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force. Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows. Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.”