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  • Venice gives PIETA a ten-minute standing ovation
  • by JI Yong-jin /  Sep 06, 2012
  • Press screening of KIM Ki-duk's latest film heats up Italy

    With a nationwide Italian release coming on September 14th, an official screening and press conference for KIM Ki-duk's Pieta was recently held in Venice. Pieta is currently in competion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival and early reviews have generated a heated interest in the film as well as its actors and director. The event successfully introduced the movie to the Italian media, including the Italian national TV news and journalists from major Italian daily newspapers.
    Following the screening, the press conference was held presided over by Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Alberto BARBERA, who helped to unearth KIM Ki-duk’s The Isle and Address Unknown before leaving the fest in 2001. Having resumed his duties as festival director this year. BARBERA and KIM had a joyful reunion at Venice thanks to Pieta.
    When asked about the religious aspects of Pieta, KIM replied that, “There are many performances of Hamlet and Oedipus in Korea, I