Monday, September 12, 2005

Golden Lion Goes to Brokeback Mountain

Film about gay cowboys beats Clooney's entry
(ANSA) - Venice, September 10 -

Ang Lee's film about gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain, won the top Golden Lion prize at the 62nd Venice Film Festival.

The Silver Lion for best director was awarded to Philippe Garrel for his film Les Amants Reguliers.

David Strathairn won the Volpe Cup for best actor for his role in George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck, while Italy's Giovanni Mezzogiorno won the prize for best actress for her performance in Cristina Comencini's La Bestia nel Cuore (The Beast in the Heart).

Abel Ferrara's Italian-produced film Mary received the special jury prize.

Good Night and Good Luck, which had been a favorite to win the Golden Lion, also received the prize for best screenplay, which went to Clooney and Grant Haslov.

The Marcello Mastroianni Prize for best performance by a new actor or actress was given to Menothy Cesar for Vers le Sud by Laurent Cantet.

French actress Isabelle Huppert was given a special Lion for her "extraordinary contribution to cinema."

The Horizons Prize was won by Lech Kowallski's East of Paradise, Gela Babluani's 13 (Tzameti) won the Luigi De Laurentis prize for best first film, while Xiaozhan (Small Station) was voted best short.

Special Mention was given to Leon Prudovsky for Layla Afel.

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