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Kim Ki-duk wins top prize in Venice

South Korea

Last saturday, Kim Ki-duk became the first South Korean director to win the Golden Lion award for his film “Pieta” at the Venice Film Festival. With Cannes and Berlin, Venice is one of the three most prestigious European film festivals.

Upon reception of the award, Ki-duk sang “Arirang”, South Korea’s national folk song, while giving his acceptance speech on stage.

His film “Pieta” is a very harsh morality tale about a vicious debt collector who runs into a woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

Director Ki-duk is from an impoverished background and never went to film school. He released his first film “Crocodile” in 1996. In 2004, he won the Best Director award at the Berlin International Film Festival for his drama “Samaritan Girl”, and won the equivalent prize at Venice for “3-Iron” that same year.


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