Golden Lion: 'Gay' Western Tops Venice Film Festival + Controversial Falklands War Film Opens

Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, the story of two male sheepherders who fall madly in love, was the winner of the Golden Lion at the 62nd Venice Film Festival.

The competition's early favorite, George Clooney's politically-minded Good Night, and Good Luck., won two of the festival's top awards: the Volpi Cup for Best Actor David Strathairn, and the Best screenplay Osella for Clooney and Grant Heslov.

Giovanna Mezzogiorno was chosen best actress for her performance as a young married woman trying to cope with a history of sexual abuse at the hands of her father in Cristina Comencini's La Bestia nel cuore / Don't Tell.

The best director was veteran Philippe Garrel for the Nouvelle Vague-ish Les Amants réguliers / The Regular Lovers, while Abel Ferrara's Mary won the Special Jury Prize.

The 2005 Venice Film Festival was held between Aug. 31–Sept. 10.

The 2005 Venice Film Festival winners were announced on Sept. 10.

Golden Lion for Best Film: Brokeback Mountain by Ang Lee

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

Special Jury Prize: Mary by Abel Ferrara

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: David Strathairn in Good Night, and Good Luck. by George Clooney

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Giovanna Mezzogiorno in La Bestia nel cuore / Don't Tell by Cristina Comencini

Osella for an Outstanding Technical Contribution: William Lubtchansky for the photography in Les Amants réguliers by Philippe Garrel

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

Marcello Mastroianni” Award for Best Young Actor or Actress: Ménothy Cesar in Vers le sud by Laurent Cantet

Special Lion for her work as a whole: Isabelle Huppert

Horizons Prize: East of Paradise by Lech Kowalski

Horizons Documentary Prize: Pervye na lune / The First on the Moon by Aleksey Fedortchenko

“Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a First Feature: 13 (Tzameti) by Gela Babluani

Citroën Short Super-Short Lion for Best Short Film: Xiaozhan / Small Station by Lin Chien-ping

Special Mention: Layla Afel by Leon Prudovsky

UIP Prize for Best European Short Film: Butterflies by Max Jacoby



Official Competition: Good Night, and Good Luck. by George Clooney

Horizons: The Wild Blue Yonder by Werner Herzog


Signis (Ecumenical) Award: Mary by Abel Ferrara

Audience Gan Award: Mater Natura by Massimo Andrei

Isvema Award: Mater Natura by Massimo Andrei

Art and Experimentation Award (Cicae): Hongyan by Li Yu


Arca Cinema Giovani Awards:

Best International Film: The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles

Best Italian film: La bestia nel cuore / Don't Tell by Cristina Comencini

Best “New Tendencies” Film: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by Park Chan-wook


Lino Micciche Award for Best First Film: Craj-Domani by Davide Marengo

Fedic Award: Mater Natura by Massimo Andrei

“Fulchignoni” Award (Unesco): La dignidad de los nadies by Fernando Solanas

Future Film Digital Award: Corpse Bride by Tim Burton

“Sergio Trasatti” Award: Mary by Abel Ferrara

Human Rights Film Network Award (tie): Good Night, and Good Luck. by George Clooney and La dignidad de los nadies by Fernando Solanas

Laterna Magica Award (Cgs): Everything Is Illuminated by Liev Schreiber

“Lina Mangiacapre” Award: La vida secreta de las palabras / The Secret Life of Words by Isabel Coixet

EIUC (Inter-University European Center) Human Rights Film Award: Bimbi neri notti bianche by Giulio Manfredonia and Giobbe Covatta

Little Golden Lion: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by Park Chan-wook


Premio CinemAvvenire (Cinema of the Future):

Official competition: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by Park Chan-wook

“Peace and Diversity” Award: Vers le Sud by Laurent Cantet


“Francesco Pasinetti” Award (Sngci):

Official competition: Good Night and Good Luck. by George Clooney

Horizons: Texas by Fausto Paravidino

Venice Days: Elio Petri - Appuntamenti su un autore by Federico Bacci, Stefano Leon, and Nicola Guarnirei


Doc/ It award (tie): East of Paradise by Lech Kowalski and La dignidad de los nadies by Fernando Solanas

Jameson Award: Aria by Claudio Nocce

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award: Mary by Abel Ferrara

Cinema for Unicef: La bestia nel cuore by Cristina Comencini

Premio Città di Roma (tie): Arcobaleno Latino by Fernando Solanas and La bestia nel cuore / Don't Tell by Cristina Comencini


Grand Jury: Dante Ferretti (president) (Italy); Cheng Ah (China); Claire Denis (France); Edgar Reitz (Germany); Emiliana Torrini (Iceland); Christine Vachon (USA); Amos Gitai (Israel)

Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion Film Line-Up 2005

Among the films in competition for the Golden Lion at the 62nd Venice Film Festival are Patrice Chéreau's Gabrielle, starring Isabelle Huppert; Abel Ferrara's Mary, starring Juliette Binoche and Matthew Modine; Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, with Matt Damon and Heath Ledger; and Fernando Meirelles' The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. See complete film line-up below.

Pupi AVATI La seconda notte di nozze Italy 103'
Cast: Antonio Albanese, Katia Ricciarelli, Neri Marcorè

João BOTELHO O Fatalista Portugal/France 99'
Cast: Rogério Samora, André Gomes, Rita Blanco

Laurent CANTET Vers le sud France/Canada 105'
Cast: Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young, Louise Portal

Patrice CHÉREAU Gabrielle France/Italy 90'
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Pascal Greggory, Thierry Hancisse

George CLOONEY Good Night and Good Luck USA 90'
Cast: David Strathairn, George Clooney, Jeff Daniels, Robert Downey Jr, Patricia Clarkson

Cristina COMENCINI La Bestia nel cuore Italy 112'
Cast: Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessio Boni, Stefania Rocca, Angela Finocchiaro

Roberto FAENZA I Giorni dell'abbandono Italy 96'
Cast: Margherita Buy, Luca Zingaretti, Goran Bregovic

Abel FERRARA Mary Italy/USA 83'
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Matthew Modine, Forest Whitaker

Philippe GARREL Les Amants réguliers France/Italy 178'
Cast: Louis Garrel, Clothilde Hesme, Julien Lucas

Alexey GERMAN JR Garpastum Russia 114'
Cast: Chulpan Khamatova, Evgeny Pronin, Danila Kozlovsky

Terry GILLIAM The Brothers Grimm UK 120'
Cast: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Jonathan Pryce, Monica Bellucci

Stanley KWAN Changhen ge China/Hong Kong 120'
Cast: Sammi Cheng, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jun Hu

Ang LEE Brokeback Mountain U.S. and Canada 134'
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway

John MADDEN Proof UK/USA 100'

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anthony HopkinsFernando MEIRELLES The Constant Gardener UK/Kenya/Germany 128'
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Hubert Koundé, Sidede Onyulo

Manoel de OLIVEIRA Espelho mágico Portugal 137'
Cast: Michel Piccoli, Marisa Paredes, Leonor Silveira, Ricardo Trepa

PARK Chan-wook Chin-jeol-han Geum-ja-ssi / Lady Vengeance Korea 112'
Cast: Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik, Kwon Yea-young, Kim Si-hu, Nam Il-woo

John TURTURRO Romance & Cigarettes USA 115'
Cast: James Gandolfini, Kate Winslet, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Walken

Krzysztof ZANUSSI Persona non grata Poland/Russia/Italy 110'
Cast: Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Nikita Mikhalkov, Jerzy Stuhr, Remo Girone

Blessed by Fire Iluminados por el fuego Gastón PaulsBlessed by Fire with Gastón Pauls.

Blessed by Fire: Controversial Argentinean movie revisits the Falklands War

Blessed by Fire / Iluminados por el fuego is a new – and controversial – Argentinean movie depicting Argentina's disastrous military campaign to take over the Falkland Islands (known in that country as Las Malvinas) from Britain in the early '80s. (Image: Gastón Pauls Blessed by Fire.)

Directed and co-written by Tristán Bauer, and starring the excellent Gastón Pauls (the younger con man in Nine Queens / Nueve reinas), Blessed by Fire is based on a book by Edgardo Esteban, who was one of the underarmed and underfed conscripts sent to fight the much better equipped British armed forces in the inhospitable South Atlantic archipelago.

“When you are 18, you don't think about death,” says Esteban, currently a TV journalist. “But ever since this war, death has been with us constantly. Two things help me close this chapter – the book and now the movie.”

The dangers of patriotic fervor

Blessed by Fire is partly told in flashbacks, having as its starting point the suicide of a war veteran. (According to the filmmakers, approximately 300 Falklands War veterans have killed themselves; if so, that's more than the number of those who died in land battles on the islands.) Tristán Bauer's film also uses clips from newsreels, including one showing thousands of Argentines cheering then-president General Leopoldo Galtieri following his declaration of war.

Despite widespread corruption and economic rot, Argentina's military junta was quite popular among die-hard Argentinean right-wingers, though the Falklands War debacle paved the way for the democratization of that country's political system.

Blessed by Fire, which took five years to make, opens tomorrow, September 8, in Argentina. Besides Gastón Pauls, the cast includes Pablo Riva, César Albarracín, Víctor Hugo Carrizo, Virginia Innocenti, Juan Leyrado, Jon Lucas, and Arturo Bonín.

Source: AlertNet.

Gastón Pauls Blessed by Fire photo: Distribution Company.

2005 Iran Cinema Celebration Awards

2005 Iran Cinema Celebration: Vahdat Hall in Tehran on September 11, 2005. 

Best Film: Khilli dors khilli nazdek / So Close, So Far directed and produced by Reza Mir-Karimi

Best Director: Reza Mir-Karimi (Khilli dors khilli nazdek / So Close, So Far)

Best Actor: Masud Rayegan (Khilli dors khilli nazdek / So Close, So Far)

Best Actress: Fereshteh Sadr-Orafaii (Border Café)

Best Supporting Actor: Mohsen Qazi-Morad (We Are All Good)

Best Supporting Actress: Elham Hamidi (Khilli dors khilli nazdek / So Close, So Far)

Best Screenplay: Café Transit written by Kambuzia Partovi

Best Cinematography: Mahmud Kalari (Fish Fall in Love)

Best Film Editing: Mostafa Kherqepush (Duel)

Best Sound Recording: Bahman Ardalan (Duel)

Best Music: Ahmad Pejman (The Weeping Willow)

Best Sound Effects: Masud Behnam and Hamid Naqibi (Duel)

Best Special Effects: Mohsen Ruzbehani (Duel)

Best Costume and Production Design: Amir Esbati (Duel)

Best Makeup: Mohammadreza Qowmi (Khilli dors khilli nazdek / So Close, So Far)

Best Studio: Filmsaz (Khilli dors khilli nazdek / So Close, So Far)

Best Documentary: The Other Side of the Burka directed by Mehrdad Oskuii

Best Animated Film: Iranian Chat directed by Amir Sharkhiz

Best Short Fiction Film: A Bit Higher directed by Mehdi Jafari

Best Photographer: Babak Borzuyeh (The Verdict)

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  1. Tim

    As a former soldier who fought during The Falklands Conflict (not a War) I would like to comment that we were not better equipped , we had inferior small arms (FN181) SLR that could not fire on automatic , only single shots. Our ankle boots however good they looked on the parade ground were totally unsuitable for this roll. No British solider I know would ever wear the helmets we were issued as they were, again totally unfit for purpose. Our uniforms albeit fine for European conditions in this semi arctic weather … Unless.
    We too were cold, wet and hungry


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  3. Rafael

    ey weno soy rafael de argentina y tengo 16 años. La verdad es que valia la pena reconstruir un hecho como el que vivio toda esa gente (en mayor parte jovenes un poco mas grandes que yo) en Malvinas. Gaston Pauls es unn exelente actor y siempre se ha dedicado a tratar temas que jugaban con los principios y/o problemas sociales en argentina, por eso supongo que fue necesario o jugo buena parte en el papel de soldado nacional. Espero la pelicula no sea malinterpretada, quiero decir, mucha gente aqui en argentina a tomado una ideologia bastante errada sobre lo que el “nacionalismo” trata a partir de esta pelicula. Todos estamos enterados de los actuales problemas diplomaticos entre las naciones del mundo, pero a la hora de pelear en un campo de batalla, no cuenta mas que el odio entre las cabezeras que iniciaron el hecho, no creo que ningun soldado tanto argentino como ingles haya querido morir en accion o de frio alli abajo.
    Quiero dejar como cierre a mi comentario la idea de ACTUAR AHORA, nuestra sociedad esta dividida, se recuerda demasiado el pasado, se vive poco el presente. No vamos nunca a llegar a nada concreto sino creamos un pensamiento en comun, por el que todos podamos luchar dentro de un sistema que el debil es dominado y obligado a permanecer inactivo por el hecho de no forjar su mente para vivir MEJOR.

    No nos separemos, y recordemos tambien que la bandera no es mas que un rectangulo de tela que nos da “nacionalismo”, pero sin darnos cuenta separa a todo un mundo.