K-dramas take over Cannes: 'Work Later, Drink Now', 'Monstrous' and 'Damn Good Company' all set screen

The festival will take place from April 1-6 (Image via Cannes, TVING and Watcha)
The festival will take place from April 1-6 (Image via Cannes, TVING and Watcha)

Korean dramas scored big at the 2022 Cannes International Series Festival, as three original shows - Work Later, Drink Now, Damn Good Company, and Monstrous - have been invited for screening.

Created in 2018, the Cannes International Series Festival aims to highlight some of the best drama series from all across the world. The festival, which is on its fifth iteration this year, will run from April 1 to 6.

Among the Korean dramas invited to the festival, two of them are OTT projects. Both Work Later, Drink Now, and the soon-to-be-released drama Monstrous were created by and for the online streaming service TVING, while Damn Good Company is by the South Korean channel Watcha.

Work Later, Drink Now and Monstrous are OTT shows, while Damn Good Company is a web drama

Work Later, Drink Now, a show which was the surprising dark horse of 2021, will be South Korea's first web series to get the coveted chance to be screened at Cannes.

Starring Lee Sun-bin, Han Sun-hwa, Apink's Jung Eun-ji, and Super Junior's Choi Siwon, the slice of life show follows the lives and loves of three friends who like to go out drinking together after work.

Based on a webtoon of the same name, the show aired last October. The show's immense popularity ensured it was confirmed for a second season, which will air later this year.

The second TVING drama to get the honor is Monstrous. The yet unreleased drama is being helmed by none other than Yeon Sang-ho, who directed Train to Busan and Peninsula.

The web drama will explore the horrors of the unknown, as it follows a group of people lured in by a curse from “that thing” that shouldn’t have come out into the world.

The series stars Shin Hyun-been, Goo Kyo-hwan, Kwak Dong-yeon, Nam Da-reum, Kim Ji-young, and Park Ho-san, and is all set to premiere in April.

In light of two TVING projects qualifying for the film festival, a representative from the steaming platform said,

“I’m happy that ‘Monstrous’ has been officially invited to an international event before its release while ‘Work Later, Drink Now,’ which was relatable through its setting of daily life, has been invited to the Cannes International Series Festival as the first-ever OTT series from the country.”

The third show to be screened is the web drama Damn Good Company. The office drama closely inspects the daily lives of employees at small and medium-sized companies, leading to some surprisingly hilarious observations.

Incidentally, Damn Good Company is the first Korean web drama to be given the honor.

The show's cast and makers have confirmed that they will be attending the Cannes International Series Festival and its red carpet, accompanied by Watcha CEO Park Tae-hoon.

Monstrous will screen on April 6 at 9 AM local time, while Work Later, Drink Now will screen on the same day at 11 AM local time.

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Edited by Yasho Amonkar