South Korean movie “Pieta”, an ultra-violent story of a loan shark confronted by a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, scooped the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday.
The other big winner on the night was Paul Thomas Anderson's “The Master”, loosely 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. – Text and photos by Agencies.
Korean film director Kim Ki-Duk holds the Golden Lion for best movie during the award ceremony of the 69th Venice Film Festival on September 8, 2012 at Venice Lido. South Korean director Kim Ki-duk's morality tale ?Pieta? won the Golden Lion for best movie at the Venice film festival.
US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman holds the Silver Lion for the Best director he received on behalf of US film director Paul Thomas Anderson during the award ceremony of the 69th Venice Film Festival.
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman reacts after being awarded the Coppa Volpi with Joaquim Phoenix (not shown) for best actor for their role in the film 'The Master'.
Italian actor Fabrizio Falco holds Marcello Mastroianni Award for the Best Young Actor or Actress he received for ?Bella addormentata? and ?E stato il figlio?.
Hadas Yaron holds the Coppa Volpi trophy for best actress.
Director Daniele Cipri' shows his prize for Best Photography for his movie 'E' Stato Il Figlio'.
Director Ulrich Seidl shows his Jury Special Award for his movie "Glaube" at the awards photo call.
French film director Olivier Assayas holds the Prize for the Best Screenplay.
Director Ali Aydin holds the trophy for the Lion of the Future - ?Luigi De Laurentiis? Award.
Director Wang Bing with her Orizzonti Best Film award for 'San Zimei' at the awards photo call.