After taking the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for best film in September and getting picked up by Drafthouse Films one month later, Kim Ki-Duk’s “Pieta,” has received its first trailer from the distributor ahead of its upcoming May release.
Lee Jung-jin stars as a brutal loan shark gathering from the impoverished residents of a small town who is forced to rethink his violent path after a women claiming to be his mother (Cho Min-soo) enters his life. After its win in Venice, the film continued onto screenings at Toronto, Stockholm and many other festivals in addition to being selected as South Korea’s official 2013 Oscar entry.
It’s one of the more moodier trailers to come out this year and seems to
outline the brutal violence and psycho-sexual tension that influenced its
largely mixed critical reception during its fall festival run. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn called the film a “curiously engaging & wickedly twisted tale of crime and punishment on multiple levels,” in his review from the film’s Toronto premiere (read his full review here).
Drafthouse Films will put out “Pieta” in limited theatrical release on May 17. Watch the full trailer below.