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South Korea | 2012 | 104 minutes | Kim Ki-duk

In Kim Ki-duk's brilliant but disturbing psychological study, a cold-blooded loan shark reconsiders his brutal lifestyle when a mysterious woman arrives and claims to be his long-lost mother. Warning: this film contains explicit scenes that some viewers may find offensive.

May 17, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 19, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Highly acclaimed, and very controversial, Kim Ki-duk is one of the most contentious figures in world cinema. The gruesome first half of Pieta will offend some, but it sets the groundwork for a profound psychological study that others will find transcendent. Pieta is the story of Kang-do, a merciless collector for a loan shark. One day, a mysterious woman shows up on his doorstep, claiming to be the mother who abandoned him as a baby. No matter how many cruel tests he inflicts on her, she continues to look at him adoringly. Kang-do gradually falls under her spell and starts to show signs of vulnerability, until she becomes the most important part of his life. This brilliant, much talked-about film suggests themes of love, hope, and ultimately salvation. In the director's own words, "Although the film starts with violence and cruelty, it purifies the sins with forgiveness and salvation that lie inside humans."

Director Biography
Kim Ki-Duk is a South Korean filmmaker and screenwriter. He has received the Best Director Award from two different festivals and films: Samaritan Girl at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival and 3-Iron at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

Sponsored in part by Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, Delta Air Lines

Director: Kim Ki-duk
Principal Cast: Cho Min-soo, Lee Jung-in, Kang Eunjin, Kim Jae-rok, Jin Yong-Ok
Country: South Korea
Year: 2012
Running Time: 104 minutes
Producer: Kim Soon-mo, Kim Ki-duk
Screenplay: Kim Ki-duk
Cinematographers: Jo Yeong-jik
Editors: Kim Ki-duk
Music: Park In-young
Website: http://drafthousefilms.com/film/pieta
Awards: Venice Film Festival 2012 (Golden Lion); Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2012 (Jury Grand Prize); Asian Film Awards 2013 (People’s Choice Award Favorite Actress); Dubai International Film Festival 2012 (Muhr AsiaAfrica Award for Best Director); Official Oscar Submission 2012 (Foreign Language Film)
Filmography: Arirang (2011); Time (2006); 3-Iron (2004); Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring (2003); Bad Guy (2002); Address Unknown (2001); The Isle (2000); Crocodile (1996)
Language: Korean
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
International Sales: Finecut
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