Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's "Pieta," the Alamo Drafthouse distribution arm announced Tuesday. The company plans a limited theatrical and multi-platform VOD release for 2013.

South Korea's official entry to the 2013 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category, "Pieta" tells the story of a violent loan shark forced to consider repentance when a woman claiming to be his long-lost mother enters his life. The film captured the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion award for best film in September. Ki-Duk has previously earned awards at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, in 2004.

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"Kim Ki-Duk is one of the most daring, provocative and accomplished filmmakers working today, and 'Pieta' shows him at the top of his form," said Drafthouse Films CEO Tim League. "We hope this film brings the first, long-deserved nomination to South Korea, one of the greatest contemporary film cultures in the world."

Drafthouse acquired a foreign-language Oscar nominee last year with Belgium's entry, "Bullhead."

A free preview of "Pieta" is available here.