South Korean film director Kim Ki-duk's win for best film at the 69th Venice International Film Festival is expected to help boost the status of Korean films on the global stage.
Kim's film "Pieta" took the Golden Lion award on September 8th, following viewers outpouring of praise for the movie after it was screened at the festival.
The president of the festival's organizing committee presented a rosy outlook for the South Korean film industry after Kim's victory.
This is the first time in the South Korean film industry's 100-year history that a domestic film won the top award from any of the three major film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival in France and the Berlin International Film Festival.
The feat is expected to lay the groundwork for the South Korean movie industry to grow and develop further.
Reported by KBS WORLD Radio
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