South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, who won the Golden Lion award at Venice film festival last year, is back in the floating city with a tale of incest and self-mutilation.
"Moebius", a story about a father's infidelity sparking a chain of violent events which lead to his wife dismembering their son, was initially banned in Kim's home country.
The Korean Media Rating Board put its foot down over the sex, nudity and incest and Kim had to cut out the offending passages before they would allow it to screen.
Read this blog's previous coverage of this movie for an explanation about those cuts.
Venice got the uncut version of the flick, which is screening out of competition.
A grotesque exploration of the destructive power of guilt and the modern obsession with sex, "Moebius" lingers compulsively over scenes in which limbs are methodically amputated.
Dialogue is forsaken to intensify the gaze as knives cut through penises.
Yeah, but let's focus on the sex being offensive, right?
"My films are an interpretation of the world that I see," the 53-year-old director, whose film "Pieta" stole the top prize last year, told journalists in Venice on Tuesday.And from Louis Denizet at mcgilldaily.com comes this review of The House of Yes being performed in a local theatre in Montreal.
"I start from the concept of sex and develop it in all its detail," he said.
But Kim said the movie "should not be interpreted as a story about incest."