As the 63rd Venice Film Festival came to a close, winners were announced from the twenty-two films in competition. Chinese feature “Still Life” by (Sanxia Haron) took the Golden Lion, the festival’s top prize for best feature film. Director Jia Zhang-Ke, whose previous efforts “The World” and “Platform” competed in past years, took the award for his sixth feature. The Silver Lion for best director, meanwhile, went to French director Alain Resnais for his work on “Private Fears in Public Places.”
Helen Mirren‘s much-buzzed turn as Queen Elizabeth II in Stephen Frears‘ “The Queen” earned her the prize for best female actor, while Peter Morgan took best screenplay for the film. Ben Affleck received a surprise nod for best male actor in “Hollywoodland” for his portrayal of real-life actor George Reeves. Reeves played Superman in the 1950s television series before dying from an apparant suicide.
Additonal awards went to Emanuele Crialese, who earned the Silver Lion Revelation award for his film “The Golden Door“. A special jury prize was awarded to Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for “Daratt,” while Isild Le Besco took the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best young actor. Emmanuel Lubezki, the cinematographer on Alfonso Cuaron‘s “Children of Men“, won the Osella Award for best technical contribution.
The awards jury was chaired by actress Catherine Denevue and consisted of Jose Juan Bigas Luna, Cameron Crowe, Paulo Branco, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido. Films in this year’s competition included Emilio Estevez‘s “Bobby,” Darren Aronofsky‘s “The Fountain” and Brian De Palma‘s “The Black Dahlia.”