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"Lebanon" Wins Golden Lion In Venice

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 12, 2009 at 6:8AM

Samuel Moaz's directorial debut "Lebanon" has been awarded the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. The film - which follows four young Israeli soldiers in 1982 - was deemed the best of the festival by a jury led by director Ang Lee. Other major winners included Shirin Neshat's "Women Without Men," which won the Silver Lion for best director, and Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen," which won a special jury prize. The complete list of winners is below.
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Samuel Moaz's directorial debut "Lebanon" has been awarded the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival. The film - which follows four young Israeli soldiers in 1982 - was deemed the best of the festival by a jury led by director Ang Lee. Other major winners included Shirin Neshat's "Women Without Men," which won the Silver Lion for best director, and Fatih Akin's "Soul Kitchen," which won a special jury prize. The complete list of winners is below.

Official Venezia 66 Awards:

The Venezia 66 Jury, chaired by Ang Lee and comprised of Joe Dante, Sandrine Bonnaire, Anurag Kashyp, Liliana Cavani and Luciano Ligabue, decided as follows:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film:
Lebanon by Samuel Maoz (Israel)

SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Shirin Neshat for Women Without Men (Germany/Austria/France)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor:
Colin Firth for A Single Man by Tom Ford (USA)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress:
Ksenia Rappoport for The Double Hour by Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic (France)

OSELLA for Best Screenplay to:
Todd Solondz for Life During Wartime (USA)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress:
Jasmine Trinca for Il Grande Sogno by Michelle Placido (Italy)

OSELLA for Best Production Designer to:
Sylvie Olive for Mr. Nobody by Jaco Van Dormael (France)

"LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS" AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
Engkwentro by Pepe Diokno (Philippines)

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO PRIZE:
Cosmonauta by Susanna Nicchiarelli

QUEER LION for Best Gay Film:
A Single Man, directed by Tom Ford