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South Korean film wins at Venice Film Festival

  • South Korean film Pieta, a violent story of a loan shark who meets a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, has won the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice Film Festival.

    The other big winner was Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, based on the early days of Scientology, which earned him a Silver Lion for best director and a joint best actor award for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.

    As well as competition films, dozens others had their world premieres in Venice, including opening film The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Robert Redford's political drama The Company You Keep.