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“Pieta” is the Italian word for pity, but also applies to the artistic image in sculpture or painting of the Virgin Mary cradling the dead body of Jesus, evoking a mother’s love for her son. Yonhap said the title “gives the false impression that the film is about trying to find meaning in life through religion.”

Other prizes were:

Best emerging actor or actress: Italian actor Fabrizio Falco for roles in two competition films, Daniele Cipri’s “It was the Son,” and Marco Bellocchio’s “Dormant Beauty.”

Best screenplay: French director Olivier Assayas for “Something in the Air.”

Best technical contribution: Cipri for “It was the Son.”