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