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"Brokeback Mountain" Wins Golden Lion in Venice

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain," which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Photo provided by Focus Features.

Ang Lee's latest film "Brokeback Mountain" won the
Golden Lion for best film, capping the 62nd Venice Film
Festival
, the world's oldest. The feature, starring Heath
Ledger
and Jake Gyllenhaal, is the story of two cowboys who meet and
eventually fall in love in 1960s Wyoming and are forced to try and
maintain a veil of "normalcy" by marrying women and
having children. The film won the top Venice award on the same night
that it had its gala premiere here at the Toronto International Film
Festival
.


French director Philippe Garrel won the Silver Lion for best director
for his feature "Les Amants réguliers," a story
centering on a group of students during the tumultuous summer of 1968
in Paris. Abel Ferrara received a special jury prize for
"Mary," a critical look at the role of Christianity in
the media. Also taking a prize for the film was William Lubtchansky,
who received the fest's "Osella for an Outstanding
Technical Contribution" award for his work in creating the
film's photography.


In other prizes, David Strathairn won the festival's Coppa
Volpi for best actor for "Good Night, and Good Luck" by
George Clooney, which will open the New York Film Festival later this
month. George Clooney and Grant Heslov won the best screenplay nod
for the film. Giovanna Mezzogiorno took the Coppa Volpi for best
actress for her role in "La bestia nel cuore" by Cristina
Comencini
. Also receiving kudos was Ménothy Cesar, taking the
award for "best young actor or actress" for his work in
Laurent Cantet's "Marcello Mastroianni."

Official Awards of the 62nd Mostra (as provided by the festival)

Venezia 62 Golden Lion for Best Film:
"Brokeback Mountain" by Ang Lee

Silver Lion for Best Director:
"Les Amants Réguliers" by Philippe Garrel

Jury Special Prize:
"Mary" by Abel Ferrara

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor:
David Strathairn in "Good Night, and Good Luck" by George Clooney

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress:
Giovanna Mezzogiorno in "La Bestia Nel Cuore" by Cristina Comencini

Osella for an Outstanding Technical Contribution:
William Lubtchansky for the photography in "Les Amants
Réguliers" by Philippe Garrel

Osella for Best Screenplay:
George Clooney and Grant Heslov for Good Night, and Good Luck by
George Clooney

"Marcello Mastroianni" Award for Best Young Actor or
Actress:
Ménothy Cesar in Vers le sud by Laurent Cantet

Special Lion for her work as a whole:
Isabelle Huppert

Official Awards

Horizons Horizons Prize:
"East of Paradise" by Lech Kowalski

Horizons Documentary Prize:
"Pervye na lune" (The First On The Moon) by Aleksey Fedortchenko

"Luigi De Laurentiis" Award for a First Feature Lion of
the Future (Venice Award for a First Feature):
"13" (Tzameti) by Gela Babluani

Short Super-Short Citroën Short Super-Short Lion for Best Short
Film:
"Xiaozhan" (Small Station) by Lin Chien-ping

Special Mention:
Layla Afel by Leon Prudovsky

UIP Prize for Best European Short Film:
"Butterflies" by Max Jacoby

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