Magazine article Screen International

South Korea Selects Pieta as Oscar Submission

Magazine article Screen International

South Korea Selects Pieta as Oscar Submission

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The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) has announced Kim Ki-duk's recent Venice Golden Lion winner Pieta as South Korea's submission for the Academy Awards' best foreign language film category.

The film is about a loan shark's brutal enforcer whose grim life is turned on its side by a woman who shows up claiming to be his mother.

Other candidates for the submission were Im Sang-soo's Cannes competition film The Taste Of Money, Hong Sang-soo's Cannes competitor In Another Country, Yoon Jong-bin's '80s crime thriller Nameless Gangster: Rules Of The Time, and Choo Chang-min's costume drama Masquerade, starring Lee Byung-hun.

KOFIC assembled a selection committee of film experts to choose a submission based on the individual films' qualities, US distribution capabilities, and how well the directors and films are known. …

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