12 de set de 2007

Venice International Film Festival

Ang Lee wins Golden Lion

Taiwanese director Ang Lee has walked off with the best film award at the Venice film festival.

Lust, Caution (Se, Jie) won the Golden Lion late on Saturday, two years after Lee  scooped the big prize for American drama Brokeback Mountain. Reporters and critics in the press room, watching the closing ceremony beamed live on a big screen, booed when Lee's Golden Lion was announced.

Reviews of Lust, Caution were generally negative, arguing that at 156 minutes it was much too long. The explicit and sometimes violent sex scenes are getting more attention than the story and acting skills. I guess the fact that is the third consecutive year that a Chinese director has won the Golden Lion had upset some people. Jury president Zhang Yimou said Lee's movie has won applause from all of the seven-member jury.

Lee had made an excellent integration of international resources while filming Lust, Caution, which played an important role in winning him the award, he said. Anyway, can´t wait to watch the film!

But, happily, in Taiwan the people were flushed with pride on Sunday as favorite son and world famous director Ang Lee took Venice film festival's top award.

"Ang Lee steals another Golden Lion," proclaimed the United Daily News, calling him "the glory of Taiwan". "Ang Lee has again won glory for Taiwan," proclaimed the China Times. Both papers pointed out how Lee's two wins, coupled with Jia Zhangke's win last year for Still Life, mean the coveted award has gone to ethnic Chinese directors for the last three years. Jia's Wuyong, or Useless, took the Orizzonti Doc Prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Lee told the red carpet prize ceremony that the movie "has taken me to some very difficult places." The director said he was accepting the prize "in the shadow of the passing of two great giants, Michaelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman."

The director said he would like to dedicate the award to Bergman, whom he saw while working on Lust, Caution. "Ingmar hugged me the way a mother hugs a child. This hug was not for me, it was for you, the keepers of cinema," he said. Bergman died on July 30, and Antonioni of Italy one day later. Lee also expressed his gratitude to Chinese viewers and his colleagues in Hong Kong, saying that he hoped to share the award with all Chinese.

List of the main winners

GOLDEN LION FOR BEST FILM
"Lust, Caution" by Chinese director Ang Lee China


SILVER LION FOR BEST DIRECTOR
"Redacted" by U.S. director Brian De Palma US


SPECIAL JURY PRIZES
1. Tunisia-born director Abdellatif Kechiche for "La Graine et Le Mulet"("The Secret of the Grain")
2. U.S. director Todd Haynes for "I'm Not There"
US


SPECIAL GOLDEN LION FOR BODY OF WORK
Russian director Nikita Mikhalkov Russia


BEST ACTOR
U.S. actor Brad Pitt for "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" US


BEST ACTRESS
Australian Cate Blanchett for "I'm Not There" Australia


BEST YOUNG ACTOR OR ACTRESS
French actor Hafsia Herzi for "The Secret of the Grain" France


BEST SCREENPLAY
British Paul Laverty for Ken Loach's "It's a Free World..." UK


ORIZZONTI PRIZE
"Sugisball" (Autumn Ball) by Veiko Ounpuu of Estonia


ORIZZONTI DOC PRIZE
"Wuyong" (Useless) by Jia Zhangke of China


SPECIAL MENTION:
"Death in the Land of Encantos" by Lav Diaz of the Philippines


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