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Chinese movie wins top prize in Venice September 10, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies.

China’s “Still Life” wins Venice Film Festival

“Still Life”, a Chinese film about ordinary people’s lives set against the giant Three Gorges Dam project, was the surprise winner of the Venice Film Festival’s coveted Golden Lion award on Saturday.

Directed by Jia Zhang-Ke, the picture was a late entry into the main competition but swept aside hot favourites including Stephen Frears’ “The Queen”, Emilio Estevez’s “Bobby” and Emanuele Crialese’s “Golden Door”.

The award ceremony on the glamorous Lido beach front wrapped up an 11-day movie marathon with over 20 films in the main competition lineup and dozens of others also being screened for the first time.

As expected, Helen Mirren took the best actress award for her title role in ~The Queen”, a British production about the crisis in the royal family caused by the death of Princess Diana in 1997.

Another surprise was in store in the best actor category, which went to U.S. heartthrob Ben Affleck for his performance as 1950s television Superman actor George Reeves in “Hollywoodland”.

Veteran French film-maker Alain Resnais won best director for the critically acclaimed “Private Fears in Public Places” and the special jury prize went to “Daratt”, Chad’s first entry in the prestigious competition.

Related Links > http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/

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