FESTIVAL SHOWS SUPPORT FOR IMPRISONED FILMMAKERS
There were two empty chairs at Wednesday's news conference to introduce the jurors who will be handing out the festival's coveted Golden Lion and other prizes.
Mohammadi, a director and women's-rights activist in
Sentsov, a Ukrainian who opposed
Barbera said an empty chair "serves to point out the absence of a filmmaker who is in prison for political reasons. Unfortunately, this still happens all too frequently."
French film composer
KOREAN DIRECTOR BACKS FERRY DISASTER FAMILIES
Always-provocative South Korean filmmaker
Kim wore a black shirt emblazoned with the words "The Truth Shall Not Sink with Sewol" — in support, he said, of relatives of the 300 people, most of them high-school students, who died in a ferry disaster in April.
The families are demanding an independent inquiry into the disaster, and one father went on hunger strike until he was hospitalized.
Kim said the father's act had a parallel in his own movie, in which the suspects in a brutal rape and murder are subjected to grisly torture by a gang of costumed avengers.
Kim said the father had made a peaceful sacrifice for his cause.
"My characters," he said through an interpreter, "are doing it in a very violent way."
That will be no surprise to those who watched Kim's past films, including "Pieta" — a brutal story of revenge and redemption that won the top prize in
"I wanted to deal with the oppression that has been put upon poor people, ordinary people's shoulders," Kim said.
"I wanted to find a way to fight violence with violence."
—By Jill Lawless, http://Twitter.com/JillLawless
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