The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon filmmaker's adaptation of an Annie Proulx's novella, which tells the story of a gay love affair between two cowboys, played by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, was chosen by the jury as best film.
Accepting the golden lion at the Veneto canal city, Lee enthused, "(My film is) a great American love story. I'm so glad it's prevailed here and was received so warmly here."
This year's festival was triumphant for the French, with Paris-born director Philippe Garrel picking up the Silver Lion prize for directing Les Amants Reguliers (The Regular Lovers), which also won in the Outstanding Technical Contribution category. Isabelle Huppert was given a Special Lion for her career, which has spanned four decades.
The partial list of winners are:
Golden Lion for Best Film: Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee
Jury Special Prize: Mary by Abel Ferrara
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress: Menothy Cesar in Vers Le Sud
Special Lion for her work as a whole: Isabelle Huppert
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