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  • Will KIM Ki-duk grab an Oscar statuette too?
  • by JI Yong-jin /  Sep 14, 2012
  • Pieta, selected as entry to Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
    Korean Film Council(KOFIC) picked KIM Ki-duk’s Pieta to send to the Best Foreign Language Film section of the 85th Academy Awards hosted by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in February 2013. 5 contestant films collected by August 17th are The Taste of Money by IM Sang-soo, In Another Country by HONG Sangsoo, Nameless Gangster : Rules of the Time by YOON Jong-bin, Pieta by KIM Ki-duk and Masquerade by CHOO Chang-min.
    KOFIC carefully took completeness, possible distribution power in the United States and name value of director and film into consideration at the evaluation board held on September 12th.
    The jury, after announcing that Pieta will be submitted to the Best Foreign Language Film section of the 85th Academy Awards, left a comment about the film saying, “We were happier than any other year to have an enthusiastic discussion. The entire jury agreed that all the 5 contestant films collected were good enough to prove the excellent achievement of Korean film.
    We also agreed that most important priorities have to be ‘If the film has sincere awareness of problems passing through the features of common contemporary life’ and ‘If it managed to realize the issue with creative aesthetics and unique recognition of time and space’. Although every film was characteristic and had advantages and strengths, so the discussion was very fervent, yet the final decision was KIM’s Pieta with overwhelming support from every jury member.
    We all said he used the unique syntax of film with excellence to reflect the economic crisis the whole globe is facing and its derived problem such as polarization of wealth and destruction of facets of life due to negative influences of capitalism.
    It is based on the reality of Korea, but since critical signs like the destruction of relationships within family and between people caused by greed and poverty is what happens everywhere in the world. So we believe the jury at Academy Awards and American audiences can definitely sympathize.”
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