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Lkff 2014: Pieta Review

Director: Kim Ki Duk.

Starring: Lee Jung Jin, Jo Min Soo.

Running Time: 104 Minutes

Synopsis: A cruel and violent debt collector, charged with breaking the bones of clients who fail to pay back their loans in order to receive their insurance, is visited by a woman claiming to be his mother.

2014 is most certainly the year of Kim Ki Duk here in the UK. He’s already had the phenomenal Moebius released theatrically to great acclaim, and the London Korean Film Festival is preparing to show his latest feature One On One. Not only that, but you can also experience a few of the director’s other stand out works, one of which is one of last year’s best films, Pieta. Like so many of Kim’s pieces, it is a dark and draining experience, but as always it takes things to such extremes that when heart does shine through,
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'Manos Sucias', the first Colombia-u.S. Coproduction of its Kind

Premiering in Cartagena Film Festival 2014 and then going to the filmmakers’ hometown, New York City, where " Manos Sucias" ("Dirty Hands") won Tribeca Film Festival’s Best New Narrative Director Award and 2nd place Audience Award, this film has not yet closed Us distribution, but has been acquired internationally by some of the best distributors.

In Cannes, Marina de la Fuentes’ international sales agency, 6 Sales, sold it to Paris-based Pretty Pictures who acquired not only France – its usual home territory – but also Germany, Austria, Benelux and Switzerland. James Velaise of Pretty Pictures screened the film at Tribeca and “immediately fell madly in love with it,” he said.

“It came totally out of the blue, we were mesmerized by the filmmaking. As a first-time film 'Manos Sucias' is outstanding, as good as anything we’ve seen coming out of Latin America in a long time,” said Velaise.

Shot on location in Colombia, using local actors who speak the patois of Buenaventura, "Manos Sucias" reflects years of painstaking research by Josef Wladyka.

“What is fascinating is that the filmmaker spent five years in Buenaventura learning what was going on there and building up the trust of people. The average filmmaker would never take the time to do that. You feel that in the film: There a sense of genuineness which you don’t get in 99% of indie films today,” said Velaise.

At the same time, 'Manos Sucias' is “incredibly tight: On paper, it has some breakout potential to it, because it is a thriller, ” he added.

Pretty Pictures will now seek to sell the film on to distributors in the other four territories, all significant distributors for arthouse films. Velaise reasons that companies exist in these territories that often buy the same films as Pretty Pictures, and share similar tastes. (e.g., "La Jaula de Oro", premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard 2013 and was acquired by Belgium-Fourcorners Distribution, France-Pretty Pictures, Germany-Films Boutique, Hong Kong (China)-Encore Inflight Limited, Hungary-Cirko Film Kft., Italy-Parthenos S.R.L., Mexico-Canibal Networks, Netherlands-Wild Bunch Benelux, Norway-As Fidalgo Film Distribution, Poland-Art House, Puerto Rico-Wiesner Distribution, Switzerland-Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Taiwan-Maison Motion, Inc., U.K.- Peccadillo Pictures or "Love is Strange" by Ira Sachs premiered at Sundance 2014 and was acquired by U.S.-Sony Pictures Classics, Australia-Rialto Distribution (Australia), Canada-Métropole Films Distribution, Canada-Mongrel Media Inc., France-Pretty Pictures, Italy-Koch Media, Mexico-Cinemas Nueva Era, Portugal-Midas Filmes, Spain-Golem Distribución, Switzerland-Xenix Filmdistribution Gmbh, Turkey-Kurmaca Film, U.K.- Altitude Film Sales). These distributors are all likely candidates to acquire rights to "Manos Sucias" as well.

U.S. rights to "Manos Sucias" are handled by Wme Global’s Mark Ankner and Christine D’Souza. Distributors seeking to win over the booming Latino audience, and who have an affinity for gritty, action-packed, arthouse thrillers, or any of Pretty Pictures’ recent acquisitions (see below) owe it to themselves to check out this film.

This pioneering U.S.- Colombia production was the debut feature by writer-director, Josef Kubota Wladyka and co-writer-dp Alan Blanco. It was produced by Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes, Mirlanda Torres Zapata and Carolina Caicedo and exec-produced by U.S. Film Director Spike Lee.

"Manos Sucias" follows two estranged brothers, both Afro-Colombian fishermen, who embark on a fishing-boat from Buenaventura, Colombia’s biggest Pacific Coast port and a violent drug trade emporium. Their mission is to tow underwater a “narco-torpedo” packed with 100 kilos of cocaine to Panama. En route, they must circumnavigate marauding paramilitaries and impoverished villagers eager for their cargo.

In Cartagena, I interviewed the director, Dp, and producers. Josef Wladyka is a U.S. citizen who is the son of a Japanese mother and a Polish father. He received the Spike Lee Fellowship while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at Nyu.


You could say this is a drug story, but you should know it is much more than that. In a fisherman’s village the Afro Colombians are confronted with drug traffic taking place on their ancestral beaches where they have lived for generations.

Before I started Grad Film School at Nyu, I spent several months backpacking with a close friend in South America. We traveled along the Pacific coast of Ecuador and Colombia, and went through these towns that were under siege by narco-trafficking. The locals would tell us stories about homemade submarines, narco-torpedoes, and different armed groups that would fight to control these areas. I became very interested in the subject and wanted to immerse myself more in the world. With the help of a friend from the region, I went back several times to Buenaventura, Tumaco, and other parts of the Pacific coast of Colombia to continue researching and collecting stories.

I also got permission to go to Malaga Naval Base where I saw confiscated narco-torpedoes and submarines first hand. I always had a camera with me and shot lots of footage during my travels. I used that footage to make a pitch video for raising money from Kickstarter and private equity.

The film is an official Colombian production, recognized by the Ley de Cine (The Cinema Law). It is a 50-50 coproduction with Colombian producers Carolina Caicedo and Mirlanda Zapata. With our U.S. producers, Márcia Nunes and Elena Greenlee, that makes four female producers on this film.

Cine Colombia , Colombia’s largest distributor and theater owner, one of the Cartagena Film Festival sponsors as well, invested in the film, as did Caracol, one of Colombia’s top two broadcasters.

Márcia knew Cine Colombia from her previous life in international sales with Goldcrest. Elena, Alan and I scouted in October 2012, one week in Bogotá and through Proimagenes we met many possible co-producers and visited locations. We chose young producers who were hungry for their first film; they were not rigid.

The U.S. producers wanted to do the film U.S. indie style, not in the usual Colombian style. We shot it in Buenaventura, Colombia’s largest port, which has been hit very hard by narco traffickers and violence.

This was the first feature for everyone. Except for Márcia, who got her Masters of Film Business at Gallatin School of Nyu, the others all got their MFAs from Tisch, though some graduated two years ago and others four years ago.

How we, as foreigners, were able to make this film, opening up delicate, sensitive and violent stories, was based on my having no assumptions. And our own cross-cultural backgrounds helped.

We had a great premiere in Cartagena. The festival permits people to see films for free and we were able to test the Colombian audience’s reaction. The film explores the international issue of drug trafficking and the social-exclusion of the Afro-Colombian community on the coast from the mainstream economy in Colombia. The film is genre bending; it is not too arty and is not fully a genre movie. The audience of 800 to 1,000 Colombians laughed and cried, even danced in their seats. Three of the actors also saw the film for the first time, as did the crew. When the actors came up for the Q & A they received a standing ovation from the crowd. It was a beautiful moment.

We offered free audiovisual workshops for the community before we shot the film, and found many of our actors and crewmembers through that process. We used Kickstarter to raise Us $60,000 to greenlight production and fund our community workshops in Buenaventura.

Film Independent bestowed the Canon Filmmaker Award upon the film’s two producers, who are also Film Independent Producing Fellows. The Canon Filmmaker Award Program is a program for Film Independent Fellows, alumni of the Los Angeles Film Festival and Spirit Awards Nominees and Winners. Producers Elena Greenlee and Márcia Nunes who had participated in the Find Producing Lab with the project were awarded with the loan of a Canon camera package for their production. Further support was granted by the San Francisco Film Society, who, together with the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, awarded the film with two grants, one during the production phase, and one during post-production.

Jennifer Kushner, Director of Artist Development at Film Independent spoke with Elena and Márcia in those early days about Manos Sucias and its upcoming shoot, and here’s what they had to say then:

Manos Sucias, Canon Filmmaker Award Winner Round 2

"The social exclusion of the Pacific coast — home to much of the Afro-Colombian population — is felt throughout the country, echoed in the sentiment that Colombia “doesn’t really have a black population.” While popular culture glamorizes cocaine “cowboys,” and the Us takes a tough stance in the “war on drugs,” few people acknowledge the oppression and resilience of these citizens.

Our goal is for the film to inspire change in our audience, and in the region. We want audiences to realize that people like Jacobo and Delio are not perpetuating the drug trade, they are trapped in it; and to reflect on the impact their personal choices have on the situation.”

“When Josef and Alan brought us the script in early 2012, we immediately fell in love with it. The characters jumped off the page, and we couldn’t stop thinking about it.”

Pretty Pictures roster of films illustrates their exceptional taste in films:

"The Dark Valley" ("Das Finstere Tal") By Andreas Prochaska (Acquired From Films Distribution In Feb 2014)

"Dancing In Jaffa" By Hilla Medalia (Acquired From K5 International In Apr 2013)

"Omar" By Hany Abu-Assad (Acquired From The Match Factory In Feb 2013)

"The Look Of Love" By Winterbottom Michael (Acquired From Studiocanal In Aug 2012)

"Pieta" By Ki-Duk Kim (Acquired From Finecut Co. Ltd. In Aug 2012)

"Wadjda" By Haifa Al-Mansour (Acquired From The Match Factory In May 2012)

"The Hunt" ("Jagten") By Thomas Vinterberg (Acquired From Trust In Apr 2012)

"Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" By Matthew Akers (Acquired From Dogwoof In Feb 2012)
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The Great Beauty, About Time, Riddick: this week's new films

The Great Beauty | About Time | Riddick | Ain't Them Bodies Saints | Museum Hours | Pieta | The Stuart Hall Project | The Great Hip Hop Hoax | No One Lives | More Than Honey | Jadoo | Any Day Now

The Great Beauty (15)

(Paolo Sorrentino, 2013, Ita/Fra) Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, 141 mins

Sorrentino proves himself a worthy successor to Fellini here, tracking modern Roman decadence with staggering exuberance and an eye for the stylishly surreal. Filling the Marcello Mastroianni role is Servillo's world-weary writer and socialite, who stalks the city's elite demi-monde of hedonistic parties, pretentious art, cynical grotesques and faded glories – but finds reveries and regrets around every corner.

About Time (12A)

(Richard Curtis, 2013, UK) Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams. 123 mins

A sci-fi element reinvigorates Curtis's trademarked romcom formula, but there's still a feeling of deja vu to this middle-class love story, in which Gleeson uses his inherited time-travelling powers to woo McAdams – albeit at a cost.
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Pieta Review

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While Venice Film Festival is currently underway, it’s a triumphant entry from last year’s event that is, at long last, being granted a theatrical release in the UK – as British audiences are finally being given the chance to make up their own minds on the controversial, opinion-splitting Ki-duk Kim drama Pieta – the film that took home the immensely prestigious Golden Lion award (amongst others) in Venice last Autumn.

Jeong-jin Lee plays Gang-Do; a vengeful and sadistic loan shark, collecting debts in a violent fashion across the city of Seoul, as he cripples his victims, before cashing in on their insurance claims to make up for the money owed. With little conscience or moral code, his life is shaken upside down with the arrival of a mysterious woman called Mi-Son (Min-soo Jo), who claims to be the delinquent’s long-lost mother, abandoning him when only a baby. With such a groundbreaking discovery,
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Pieta | Blu-ray Review

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Yes, that’s right, Kim Ki-duk’s latest film, Pieta, is thus named for the famed sculpture of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus, most famously depicted by Michelangelo in a statue displayed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. It’s a term that is basically intended to be a plea for mercy. Winner of the Golden Lion at 2012’s Venice Film Festival, Kim Ki-duk’s latest is a glorious return to form for the South Korean auteur after the painful pretentiousness of 2011’s overblown video diary, Arirang, and certainly delivers the hysterical excess heralded by its melodramatic title. As the economic crisis still seeps steadfastly in the veins of American cinema, Ki-duk takes us into the nether regions of capitalistic conundrums to give us a psychological study harpooned on the root of all evil.

A sadistic loan shark, Gang-do (Lee Jung-jin) violently and methodically
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Pieta

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Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 23, 2013

Price: DVD $27.97, Blu-ray $29.97

Studio: Drafthouse Films

A big winner at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is written and directed by the acclaimed Korean filmmaker Ki-duk Kim (Samaritan Girl).

In Pieta, Lee Jung-jin (Wonderful Radio) stars as a loan shark who uses violent methods to collect his debts. His life changes, however, when a mysterious woman (Cho Min-soo) shows up claiming to be his long-lost mother. After at first rejecting her, he accepts the addition to his life and quits his cruel job. But he quickly discovers a dark secret from his past and it might be too late to escapte the consequences from his previous life.

As well as winning four awards at the Venice Film Festival, Pieta won Best Picture trophies at the 2012 Blue Dragon Awards, 2013 Fantasporto Festival and the 2012 Satellite Awards, as well as Best Director nods at the 2012 Dubai International Film
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Kim Ki-duk's Banned Moebius To Be Re-Evaluated by Korea Media Ratings Board

Never one to shy away from controversy, Kim Ki-duk's latest film Moebius was effectively banned last week for featuring 'harmful content'. The move by the Korea Media Ratings Board (Kmrb) has been controversial, particularly as Kim was the local industry's favored son last year following a historic win of Venice's Golden Lion prize for his film Pieta. Now it has come to light that Kim and his producer Kim Soon-mo have re-submitted the film to the Kmrb, hoping for a classification that will allow mature audiences to view it at their own discretion.In a letter sent to the Kmrb, Kim stated that the mother-son incest element of the film (which he believes is the cause of the agency's restrictive ruling) is a necessary element to...

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Exclusive: Three Pieta Photos

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Exclusive: Three Pieta Photos
Min-soo Jo and Jung-jin Lee are prominently featured in three exclusive photos for director Ki-duk Kim's Pieta, which is currently available through VOD formats before its theatrical debut May 17. This searing drama follows a ruthless loan shark (Jung-jin Lee) who gets the shock of a lifetime when a woman claiming to be his mother (Min-soo Jo) pays him a visit, years after she abandoned him. Take a look at how contentious a family reunion can be.

Pieta comes to theaters May 17th, 2013 and stars Min-soo Jo, Eunjin Kang, Jae-rok Kim, Jung-jin Lee, Jin Yong-Ok. The film is directed by Ki-duk Kim.
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Pieta (2012) Movie Trailer: Loan shark Jeong-jin Lee meets His Mother

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Pieta Trailer. Ki-duk Kim‘s Pieta (2012) movie trailer stars Jeong-jin Lee, Cho Min-soo, Min-soo Jo, Eunjin Kang, and Jae-rok Kim. Pieta‘s plot synopsis: “Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, Pieta is the acclaimed film from the celebrated and controversial Korean director Kim Ki-Duk (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… [...]

Continue reading: Pieta (2012) Movie Trailer: Loan shark Jeong-jin Lee meets His Mother
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Second Pieta Trailer and New Mondo Poster

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Second Pieta Trailer and New Mondo Poster
A ruthless loan shark's life is turned upside down by the arrival of the mother he never met in the new trailer for director Ki-duk Kim's Pieta. Jung-jin Lee stars as the loan shark Gang-Do, with Min-soo Jo portraying his long lost mother in this dramatic thriller that debuts on VOD formats April 12 before arriving in theaters May 17 from Drafthouse Films. The studio has also unveiled the new poster, which was created by Mondo artist Jay Shaw. Take a look at the new footage and the one-sheet, then read the official press release for more details on how you can purchase this poster.

Pieta - Trailer 2

Drafthouse Films and Mondo, the collectable boutique art division of the Alamo Drafthouse, are proud to unveil the new, official one-sheet poster for Ki-duk Kim's 2012 Golden Lion Winner Pieta designed by Mondo artist Jay Shaw. The poster will be available for purchase
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Pieta (2012) Movie Review

Pieta” marks the 18th film from Korean auteur and agitator Kim Ki Duk, following up on his exceptionally personal and enjoyably bizarre 2011 Cannes winning documentary “Arirang”, which he made as part of a 3 year self-imposed exile from the industry. The film sees Kim returning to the same grim territory in which he made his name, dealing with violence, perversion, anger and angst in a harsh tale of a brutal loan shark and a woman claiming to be his mother. With Lee Jung Jin (“Troubleshooter”) and Jo Min Su in the lead roles, the latter taking Best Actress at the Daejong Film Awards for her performance, the film saw Kim continuing his prize winning streak, picking up the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, being the first Korean production to have done so. Lee Jung Jin plays Kang Do, a particularly unpleasant debt collector, who makes money by crippling
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Brian Gallagher's Top Overrated / Underrated Movies of 2012

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Brian Gallagher's Top Overrated / Underrated Movies of 2012
Back in June, I had only seen just over 20 movies that had been released in 2012. After deciding that was unacceptable, and thanks to Netflix Instant, Redbox, Amazon Instant Video, and of course, advanced screenings and my local Hollywood theaters, I devoted the last half of the year to seeing as many movies as I could, bringing my tally to around 150 for the year (check out the full list of all the 2012 movies I watched this year here). Since the Mayan apocalypse never came a few days ago, I figured it is a good time to break down my favorite movies of the year. Like last year, I have compiled three separate lists: the Most Overrated Moves of the Year, Most Underrated Movies of the Year, and my Top 10.

Now, there are a lot of great movies that you will not find on these lists, such as blockbusters Marvel's The Avengers,
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Oscars: 9 Films make Shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film

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The Oscars are almost upon us, and with just two weeks to go before we hear the final nominations, the race is on, with all the main categories wide open and still to play for. And now one of those categories, for the Best Foreign Language Film, is narrowing.

So far, we’ve had the shortlists for the Best Visual Effects, Best Documentary, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling categories, along with the list of eligible films for Best Original Score and Best Original Song, and twenty-one submissions for Best Animated Feature.

The Academy have given us one more shortlist to add to the list in the form of the Best Foreign Language Film. Back in October, we had a record seventy-one countries submitting for the category, and now that long list has been narrowed down to nine films ahead of next month’s nominations.

Most prominent on the list, which
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Pieta 'Forgive Me' Clip

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Pieta 'Forgive Me' Clip
Drafthouse Films announced today that they have acquired the distribution rights to Pieta, the South Korean entry for the 85th Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film award. The studio has released the first clip and a new photo from director Ki-duk Kim's festival favorite, which centers on a loan shark who re-evaluates his hardened life after reuniting with his mother. Take a look at the clip and photo, then read the official press release for more details.

Pieta - Forgive Me

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition of North American rights to Pieta, from acclaimed Korean auteur Ki-duk Kim (Bad Guy; Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring; 3-Iron) following its world premiere at the 2012 Venice International Film Festival where it won the 'Golden Lion' Award for Best Film. Selected as South Korea's official entry into the 2013 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category,
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Drafthouse Films Acquires Rights to Golden Lion Winner and South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta'

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Drafthouse Films Acquires Rights to Golden Lion Winner and South Korean Oscar Entry 'Pieta'
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's "Pieta," the Alamo Drafthouse distribution arm announced Tuesday. The company plans a limited theatrical and multi-platform VOD release for 2013. South Korea's official entry to the 2013 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, "Pieta" tells the story of a violent loan shark forced to consider repentance when a woman claiming to be his long-lost mother enters his life. The film captured the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award for best film in September. Ki-Duk has previously earned awards at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, in 2004. Read More: With 'The Miami Connection' and 'Wake in Fright,' Drafthouse Films Unleashes a Diverse Repertory Slate "Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most daring, provocative and accomplished filmmakers working today, and 'Pieta' shows him at the top of his...
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Updated: 2013 Oscar Foreign Language Submissions Total a Record 71 Movies

Update: The official list has been revealed and the total is a record 71 movies. I have updated the list directly below or you can check it out here. The original article follows. I have been tracking the Oscar Foreign Language submissions again this year, as I have for the past several years, and it looks like we finally have a full field as I expect we will be seeing an official press release from the Academy some time this week. This year we have five more submissions already over last year as the total has now reached 68 submissions compared to last year's 63. This, despite, Iran boycotting the Oscars this year due to the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked so much controversy as of late. To reach the total of 68 films I have just finished adding 16 more titles to the list from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina,
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16 New Films Bring the 2013 Oscar Foreign Language List to 68 Total Movies

I have been tracking the Oscar Foreign Language submissions again this year, as I have for the past several years, and it looks like we finally have a full field as I expect we will be seeing an official press release from the Academy some time this week. This year we have five more submissions already over last year as the total has now reached 68 submissions compared to last year's 63. This, despite, Iran boycotting the Oscars this year due to the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims, which has sparked so much controversy as of late. To reach the total of 68 films I have just finished adding 16 more titles to the list from the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, China, Georgia, Greenland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Turkey and Uruguay. To siphon out front-runners is never easy in this category, though there are a few that stick out immediately.
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Inside Tiff 2012 Day 9: Know Your ABCs

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7:40 pm – Started today off with the film that took home the Golden Lion last week in Venice, Ki-duk Kim’s Pieta. Splitting opinions with it’s series of shocking reveals, the film is a poetic revenge drama. Regardless of my reservations of watching a 4.5 hour film at a festival, I saw Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s slow, melodramatic onion, Penance. The Asian triple bill of today was rounded out by When Night Falls by director Liang Ying. Finishing my last full day here with Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers, which I’ve heard many good words about throughout the last week. One more day. [Jordan M. Smith]

2:00 pm – There have been a pair of press screenings, but tonite is the official public premiere to the Midnight Madness section’s The ABCs of Death – 26 plus filmmakers in Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens,
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Venice 2012: Jury President Michael Mann Explains 'The Master' Voting Decisions (Exclusive)

Venice 2012: Jury President Michael Mann Explains 'The Master' Voting Decisions (Exclusive)
Venice Film Festival rules allowed its jury to honor the director and two stars of The Master with awards on Saturday — but not if the film was given the top prize, jury president Michael Mann told The Hollywood Reporter. In a phone interview from Venice, where the American filmmaker and an 8-person jury announced their picks Saturday, Mann said they worked within the system to figure out how to best reward Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Korean director Kim Ki-duk's Pieta, which took the top Golden Lion award. Story: Harvey Weinstein and Paul Thomas Anderson

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Venice Winners: Golden Lion to 'Pieta,' Director to Paul Thomas Anderson

Venice Winners: Golden Lion to 'Pieta,' Director to Paul Thomas Anderson
South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's "Pieta" won the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, while the Silver Lion went to American director Paul Thomas Anderson for "The Master"; both his stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared the best male actor award. Israel's Hadas Yaron won best actress nod for "Fill The Void" by Rama Burshtein. Austrian Ulrich Seidl won the Special Jury prize for "Paradise: Faith." French director Olivier Assayas took home best screenplay for "Something in the Air." Belgian Frédéric Fonteyne’s fourth feature, drama "Tango libre" won the special prize of the Venice Mostra del Cinema’s Orizzonte jury headed by Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino.
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