Darkly surreal South Korean film The Weight has won the Queer Lion prize at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.
The Weight, directed by Jeon Kyu-hwan, tells the story of hunchback mortician, who fantasises about the lives of the corpses he meets, and the clashes between his adoptive mother and transgender stepbrother.
Since 2007 the Queer Lion prize for the best film that portrays LGBT characters has been awarded at Venice International Film Festival, the world’s oldest international film festival.
Previous winners of the Queer Lion include Tom Ford’s A Single Man and Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome.
The Korean film beat competition from Brian de Palma’s Passion, Susanne Bier’s Den Skaladede Frisor (All You Need is Love), Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned, Stefano Mordini’s Acciaio (Steel) and Pascal Bonitzer’s Chechez Hortense (Looking for Hortense), according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Watch the trailer for The Weight here: