Two Russian entries failed to win a Golden Lion at the Venice’s Film Festival, as a Korean director clinched the main prize.
The jury, led by American filmmaker Michael Mann, awarded the main prize to Korean director Kim Ki-duk's for his “Pieta” movie, leaving Russia’s directors empty handed.
The winning film tells the story of a young loan shark in Seoul crippling people and forcing them to give him the insurance money they get for their injuries. Overexposed violence Kim has become notorious for was toned down in his new work.
Following last year’s triumph by Russian filmmaker Aleksandr Sokurov’s interpretation of Goethe’s Faust – winning a Golden Lion – this year Russia fronted 3 entries at the festival.
This year’s program included Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Betrayal” competing in the main category, Lyubov Arkus’s “Anton’s Right Here” and Aleksey Balabanov’s “I Also Want It” in the “Horizons” section.
Director Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia’s most famous film and theatre experimentalist sought to uncover meaning of jealousy and passion in his film, which was one of the favorites running for Venice’s 69th prize in the main program this year, yet failed to win.
“It is a catastrophe film, one that chronicles the relationships between men and women that are led by betrayal," the director says.
Russian Horizons section entry was described by the movie producer as “the director's most positive film by far.”
The festival saw a total of 18 films competing for the main prize.
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