The Golden Lion Award — the prize for best movie — at this year’s Venice Film Festival went to Pieta. On Saturday the film’s South Korean director, Kim Ki-duk broke into not tears, but song, when he accepted the coveted award for his dark and violent picture about a loan shark.
The Silver Lion went to Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. The drama which follows Philip Seymour Hoffman as a character based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.
Other winners include:
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Ulrich Seidl for Paradies: Glaube (Austria)
BEST FIRST FEATURE
Kuf (Mold) (Turkey)
Hadas Yaron for Fill the Void (Israel)
Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman for The Master (United States)
Apres Mai (France)
E Stato Il Figlio (It Was the Son)
Though, anyone who got the opportunity to attend the 2012 international film festival — located in picturesque Italy — should really consider themselves a winner.
[Photo Credit: The Venice International Film Festival]