Korean tale won the Golden Lion for best film at the 69th Venice Film Festival on Saturday.
Directed by Kim Ki-duk drama “Pieta” is the brutal story of a debt collector who cripples those who can’t pay until he meets a woman who claims to be his mother. The eccentric director belted out the Korean folk song “Arirang” on stage to thank the jury. The Silver Lion for best director went to Paul Thomas Anderson for “The Master,” inspired by the life of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. The best actor prize went jointly to Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman for their performances in Anderson’s “The Master.”