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Ang Lee Wins Golden Lion at Venice

Sep 12, 2005 | 6:53am EDT

Taiwanese director Ang Lee was honoured with the coveted Golden Lion award for his latest movie Brokeback Mountain at the climax of the 62nd Venice Film Festival in Italy Sept. 10.

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.

Meanwhile, George Clooney's second outing as a director--Good Night, and Good Luck, was named best screenplay and best actor for leading man David Strathairn.

The partial list of winners are:

Golden Lion for Best Film: Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee

Silver Lion for Best Director: Les Amants Reguliers by Philippe Garrel

Jury Special Prize: Mary by Abel Ferrara

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Giovanna Mezzogiorno in La Bestia Nel Cuore

Osella for an Outstanding Technical Contribution: William Lubtchansky for the photography in Les Amants Reguliers

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

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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