Seoul-based sales company Finecut has announced the well-known Korean director KIM Ki-duk’s next film, tentatively titled <Pieta>, is set to start shooting this month.
The film is about a brutal man who works for a cruel loan shark. Without any family or loved ones to worry about, he has no fear or hesitation when it comes to carrying out his evil deeds. One day, a mysterious woman shows up in his life, saying she is his mother. At first, he doesn’t believe her, having no memories of a mother. But as his attachment to her grows, he discovers her gruesome yet sad secret.
After a long hiatus, Kim Ki-suk made his comeback wth <Arirang>, which won the Un Certain Regard Prize in Cannes last year. He swiftly followed that up with <Amen>, which he made on the fly directly after Cannes and screened in San Sebastian. His other works include <Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring>, <3-Iron> and <The Isle>.
<Pieta> will be the auteur director’s 18th feature film. It will be distributed in South Korean by Next Entertainment World (N.E.W.), which plans a wide release this year.
Finecut made the announcement of this news in Berlin at the European Film Market (EFM) where they are also selling HONG Sang-soo’s <In Another Country>, a mostly English-language film starring Isabelle Huppert. The company’s EFM slate also includes the controversial legal drama <Unbowed>, SHIN Jung-won’s new spirit-chasing film <Ghost Sweepers>, romantic comedy <Love Fiction> starring HA Jung-woo and KONG Hyo-jin, and period action feature <The Grand Heist>, starring CHA Tae-hyun.
Feb. 9, 2012