After an uncharacteristic three-year break from filmmaking, the prolific South Korean auteur Kim Di-duk made the personal documentary Arirang (2011) and won the Golden Lion for the crime-drama Pieta (2012) at the Venice Film Festival. SFS Talkies is proud to present the Singapore premiere of the two latest award-wining films by the acclaimed director.
20 July 2013 (Saturday) - 21 July 2013 (Sunday), 4:30pm
2012 | South Korea | 104 min | DCP| M18 (Mature Content & Sexual Scenes)
·Venice Film Festival: Won Golden Lion
·Asian Film Awards: Won People’s Choice Award for Favourite Actress. Nominated for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actress.
Pieta was the first South Korean film to nab the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, winning critical praise for a filmmaker rarely embraced in his home country. Its title translates into “mercy” or “sympathy”, and it came about when director Kim Ki-duk visited the Vatican City and saw the Pieta statue and felt heavy sadness and pain for the modern society.
This crime-drama dealing with themes of revenge and atonement centers on a vicious man (Lee Jung-jin) who works as an enforcer for a loan shark. When those who borrowed money are unable to pay for their outrageous interest payments, the man forces these borrowers to gimp their own bodies to collect insurance money. A woman (Jo Min-su) appears in front of the man and gets down on her knees, telling him she is his mother and begs for forgiveness. The man dismisses the woman as insane, but her persistence soon cracks through the man’s hardened outer shell. Can both find happiness at last?
About the Director Kim Ki-Duk
After studying art in Paris, Kim Ki-duk returned to South Korea and began his career as a screenwriter and made his directorial debut with a low-budget movie called Crocodile in 1996. From the time he released his first film, he stirred up a sensational response from critics. After every film of his was released, Kim was evaluated and hailed by both critics and the audience for his hard-to-express characters, shocking visuals, and unprecedented messages. The characters that appeared in his films were from the lowest trenches of society and were not welcomed anywhere. In such extreme circumstances, Kim drew out the innocence deep within the characters' hearts through a grotesque and malicious struggle.
After his works had been selected by international film festivals, his name has grown in value and the general audience started to show some interest. He continued to make internationally acclaimed films such asSpring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring (2003), which was submitted to the Foreign Language Film section of the Academy Awards to represent Korean cinema, and Samaritan Girl (2004), which won the Silver Bear Award (Best Director Award) at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival. (From HanCinema: The Korean Movie & Drama Database)