Kim Ki-duk’s brutal South Korean story of love and revenge has scooped the Golden Lion award for best picture, at the Venice film festival.
‘Pieta’ was one of the favourites to take the coveted prize.
The other big winner on Saturday 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.
The best actress award went to Hadas Yaron, for the Israeli picture ‘Fill the Void.’
The awards ceremony brought the curtain down on 11 days of screenings, parties, photoshoots and interviews.