Venice 2013 Dispatch, Lost The Count Of Days: A Sliced Penis Is Not So Funny
LAUGHING ABOUT A SLICED PENIS IS NOT SO FUNNY
9 a.m screening of the latest Kim Ki-duk, Moebius. Controversial, extreme, brutal. After half an hour, the audience start laughing, like they are watching a Farrelly comedy. The reviews are mixed, but mostly negative. What a pity, because the film is actually a powerful tour de force towards family madness, with many exciting and evocative scenes in it. The Korean auteur has never been so aggressive, and unfortunately for the audience outside the Festival, Moebius will be shown in theatres censored of 3 minutes. The cut parts include the explicit penis scenes, and every reference to incest.
We had an early breakfast with the director, and he revealed to us that laughter wasn't absolutely intentional, and that in the Korean previews nobody laughed at all. Oh Kim, forgive the critics, for they do not know what they are doing.