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September 8, 2007 8:48 AM
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Ang Lee Wins Again in Venice, "Lust, Caution" Takes Golden Lion; De Palma Named Best Director

Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" won the Golden Lion as the 64th Venice Film Festival came to a close tonight in Italy, the second time the director has won the prize in the last three years (he won in 2005 for "Brokeback Mountain"). The film, which debuted last night at the Toronto International Film Festival, was also honored for Rodrigo Prieto's cinematography. The festival's Silver Lion for Best Director went to Brian De Palma for "Redacted," while a special jury prize went to Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" and Abdellatif Kechiche's "La Graine et le mulet." Acting prizes were presented to Cate Blanchett for her role in Haynes' "I'm Not There," while Brad Pitt was honored as best actor in Andrew Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford."

[A list of winners is available below.]

Jury president Zhang Yimou was joined on the panel by filmmakers Catherine Breillat, Jane Campion, Emanuele Crialese, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Ferzan Ozpetek and Paul Verhoeven in selecting winners from the nearly two dozen films that screened in competition at the 2007 festival.

Golden Lion for Best Film:
"Se, Jie" (Lust, Caution) by Ang Lee (USA/China/China, Taiwan)

Silver Lion for Best Director to:
Brian De Palma for the film: "Redacted" (USA)

Special Jury Prize to (shared):
"La Graine et Le Mulet" by Abdellatif Kechiche (France)
"I'm Not There" by Todd Haynes (USA)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor:
Brad Pitt in the film "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" by Andrew Dominik (USA)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett in the film: "I'm Not There" by Todd Haynes (USA)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress:
Hafsia Herzi in the film "La Graine et Le Mulet" (Grain of Life) by Abdellatif Kechiche (France)

Osella for Best Cinematography to:
Rodrigo Prieto director of photography for the "Se, Jie" (Lust, Caution) by Ang Lee (USA/China/China, Taiwan)

Osella for Best Screenplay to:
Paul Laverty for the film "It's a Free World..." by Ken Loach
(UK/Italy/Germany/Spain)

Special Lion for Overall Work to:
Nikita Mikhalkov

Orizzonti Prize to:
"Sugisball" (Autumn Ball) by Veiko Ounpuu (Estonia)
The Orizzonti Prize is supported by Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinema with a cash prize of 20,000 euros.

Orizzonti Doc Prize to:
"Wuyong" (Useless) by Jia Zhangke (China)

Special Mention to:
"Kagadanan Sa Banwaan Ning Mga Engkanto" ("Death in the Land of Encantos") by Lav Diaz (Philippines)

Leone del Futuro - Premio Venezia Opera Prima "Luigi De Laurentiis" to:
"La Zona," by Rodrigo Pla (Giornate degli autori-Venice Days, Spain/Mexico)
Aurelio De Laurentiis and Filmauro award a cash prize, of 100,000 USD, to the winning first film (50,000 to the director, 50,000 to the producer). To the director, an additional film voucher for 40,000 euros will also be awarded, offered by Kodak.

Silver Lion for Best Short Film for Best Short Film to:
"Dog Altogether" by Paddy ConSidine (UK)

Special mention to:
"Liudi Iz Kamnya" (Stone People) by Leonid Rybakov (Russian Federation) for its humorous and radical metaphor about a familiar, real situation

Prix UIP to:
"Alumbramiento" by Eduardo Chapero-Jackson (Spain)

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