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The Auteurs Daily: Venice. Lions


The Auteurs Daily


The Venezia 66 Jury, headed up by Ang Lee, has awarded the Golden Lion to Samuel Maoz's Lebanonhere's the roundup of reviews so far.


The Silver Lion for Best Director goes to Shirin Neshat for Women Without Men (there's an entry in the works).

The Special Jury Prize goes to Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen (ditto).

The Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Colin Firth, for his performance in Tom Ford's A Single Man; the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Ksenia Rappoport for Giuseppe Capotondi's The Double Hour; the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress: Jasmine Trinca for Michele Placido's Il grande sogno.

Todd Solondz takes the Osella for Best Screenplay for Life During Wartime (roundup); Sylvie Olivé, the Osella for Best Production Designer for Jaco van Dormael's Mr. Nobody.

The Lion of the Future - "Luigi De Laurentiis": Venice Award for a Debut Film goes to Pepe Dionko's Engkwentro.

The Controcampo Italiano Prize goes to Susanna Nicchiarelli's Cosmonauta. Special Mention: Daniele Anzellotti's Negli occhi.

Reviews of several of these films - and more, of course - are still coming in, so there's no rush quite yet for an index and general wrap-up sort of entry. But within a few days, we should have some sort of perspective on this 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival.

Update, 9/13: FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has named Lourdes (roundup) the best film at Venice. Cineuropa has the complete list - and it's a long one - of other prizes awarded by organizations independent of the festival.


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