Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights for Mother, the latest film from The Host and Memories of Murder director Joon-ho Bong, which is nothing if not spectacular news. The award winning thriller that took the Un Certain Regard award at the most recent Cannes Film Festival is about a mother who dedicates her life to finding the person who framed her son for murder. And if an award from Cannes isn't credit enough, Mother also happens to be South Korea's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign Film.

I love The Host, but if there is one thing Bong does better than a giant monster movie, it's an intimate dance with a maniac. In that regard Mother looks a lot closer in tone and scale to the anti-procedural investigations of South Korea's first serial killer in Bong's Memories of Murder. I'm pulling for Mother to make a surprise, last-minute appearance at this year's Fantastic Fest. Seeing as that's not a lock, I'm half tempted to wear Weinberg's skin to the Toronto International Film Festival just so I can see it as soon as possible. Magnolia will be opening it nationwide in early 2010, but that seems so far away. Skin-wearing is justified, no?

Oh, and if the same distributor that recently brought stateside Let The Right One In, Timecrimes, and The Host grabbing Joon-ho Bong's latest wasn't good enough news, the deal also includes distribution rights for his first film, Barking Dogs Never Bite. Double bonus!