"Pieta," winner of the best film award at this year's Venice International Film Festival, will be submitted to the Foreign Language Film section of the Academy Awards to represent Korean cinema, a government commission said Thursday.
The Korean Film Commission said the new film by director Kim Ki-duk was chosen with a unanimous decision by its jury members to be an entry to the 85th Academy Awards set for February.
Four other competitors were "The Taste of Money" (2012) by director Lim Sang-soo, "In Another Country" (2011) by director Hong Sang-soo, "Nameless Gangsters" (2012) by director Yoon Jong-bin and "Gwanghae: the Man Who Became the King" (2012) by director Choo Chang-min.
Several Korean films have been up for the Best Foreign Language Film award in recent years but none was formally nominated.
The film commission explained that "Pieta" is based on South Korean reality but carries a universal message that extreme greed and poverty can destroy families and other human relationships.
Meanwhile, the movie had drawn 170,000 moviegoers as of Wednesday, boosted by the winning of the Venice prize. (Yonhap)