Sunday, September 10, 2006

Venice Film Festival - the results

JIA Zhangke received yesterday the Golden Lion for his feature film Still Life at Venice Film Festival.
With Sanxia haoren (Still Life), Jia Zhang-Ke returns to competition at the Venice Film Festival for the third time in recent years, having participated in 2000 with Zhantai (Platform), and in 2004 with Shijie (The World).

Sanxia haoren (Still Life) was shot in the old village of Fengjie, which has since been upset by the building of the Three Gorges Dam. In Jia Zhang-Ke’s film, the old village of Fengjie has already been submerged, but a new district, set to spring up in the surrounding area, is still under construction. Some things are to be saved, whilst others are to be left behind. Han Sanming, a miner, comes to Fengjie in search of his former wife, who he has not seen for 16 years. They meet by the Yangzi river, and decide to remarry. Shen Hong, a nurse, comes to Fengjie to look for her husband, who has not been back home for two years. They embrace before the Three Gorges Dam. Although they do share a dance together, they sadly give up and decide to divorce.

Venice Film Festival

Ma Bei Shang De Fa Ting (literal: Courtroom on Horseback) by LIU Jie has been awarded with the Horizons Prize. This is his first feature film as a director about a judge who travels to remote villages to take small cases. Ma Bei Shang De Fa Ting is inspired by real life stories and shot with documentary style.

Official Awards of the 63rd Venice Film Festival

VENEZIA 63

The Venezia 63 Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, chaired by Catherine Deneuve and comprised of José Juan Bigas Luna, Paulo Branco, Cameron Crowe, Chulpan Khamatova, Park Chan-wook and Michele Placido, having viewed all twenty-two films in competition, has decided as follows:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film:
Sanxia Haoren (Still Life) by Jia Zhang-Ke

SILVER LION for Best Director:
Alain Resnais for the film Private Fears in Public Places

SILVER LION REVELATION:
Emanuele Crialese for the film Nuovomondo - Golden Door

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE:
Daratt by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

COPPA VOLPI
for Best Male Actor:
Ben Affleck in the film Hollywoodland by Allen Coulter

COPPA VOLPI
for Best Female Actor:
Helen Mirren in the film The Queen by Stephen Frears

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD
for Best Young Actor:
Isild Le Besco
in the film L’intouchable by Benoît Jacquot

OSELLA
for Best Technical Contribution:
Emmanuel Lubezki
Director of Photography for the film Children of Men by Alfonso Cuarón

OSELLA
for Best Screenplay:
Peter Morgan
for the film The Queen by Stephen Frears

SPECIAL LION:
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet for innovation in the language of cinema

HORIZONS
The Horizons Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, comprised of Philip Gröning (President), Carlo Carlei, Yousri Nasrallah, Giuseppe Genna and Kusakabe Keiko, has decided to award:

HORIZONS PRIZE to:
Mabei shang de fating by Liu Jie
The Horizons Prize is supported by Groupama with a cash prize of 10,000 Euro.

HORIZONS DOC PRIZE to:
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts by Spike Lee

Premio Venezia Opera Prima “Luigi De Laurentiis”
The Opera Prima Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, comprised of Paula Wagner (President), Guillermo Del Toro, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Andrei Plakhov, Stefania Rocca, has decided to award the:

LION OF THE FUTURE - Premio Venezia Opera Prima “Luigi De Laurentiis” to
Khadak by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth
Aurelio De Laurentiis and Filmauro award a cash prize, of 100,000 USD, to the winning first film (50,000 to the director, 50,000 to the producer). To the director, an additional film voucher for 40,000 Euro will also be awarded, offered by Kodak.

CORTO CORTISSIMO
The Corto Cortissimo Jury of the 63. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, comprised of Teboho Mahlatsi (President), Francesca Calvelli, Aleksej Fedorcenko, has decided to award:

CORTO CORTISSIMO LION for Best Short Film to:
Comment on freine dans une descente? by Alix Delaporte

PRIX UIP for Best European Short Film to:
The Making of Parts by Daniel Elliott

SPECIAL MENTION to the film
Adults Only by Yeo Joon Han

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