Venice Film Festival 2011

It’s good to see so many non-English speaking films, actors & directors competing at the Venice Film Festival.  Winners were announced on 10 September 2011 and include:

  • the Golden Lion award for the best film Faust, a German legend, by the Russian director Alexander Sokurov
  • the Silver Lion award for the best director Shangjun Cai (China – Hong Kong) for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai (People Mountain People Sea)
  • best actress to Danie Yip from Hong Kong in A Simple Life.
The ‘Lions’ and movie stars have came out again for the 68th Venice Film Festival (La Biennale di Venezia) in Venice, Italy. The festival is held between 31st August and the 10th September this year.

The ‘Lions’ refer to the Lion Awards given to the films within different categories at this prestigious annual film event. The Golden Lion is given for Best Film. This year, the Opening Ceremony screened American actor and director George Clooney’s latest film, The Ides of March (2011). The film gave the festival a strong start and was well received by festival-goers.

The official line-up of this year’s Venice Film Festival was announced in August and include the following competitions: Venezia 68 – Out of Competition – Orizzonti – Controcampo Italiano – Orizzonti 1960-1978. The Venezia 68 jury, this year chaired by American Director, Producer and Screenwriter Darren Aronofsky (dir: Black Swan), will view films from around the world including France, China, Greece, Russia and USA.

American pop singer, Madonna, will be screening her latest film W.E. (2011) in the Out of Competition section.

The Awards including the Golden Lion for Best Film, the Silver Lion for Best Director and awards for Best Actor will be given on the last day of the Festival. Check back here for the results of the festival to find out who won what!

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