Ang Lee’s sexually explicit Lust, Caution was the surprise winner of the 64th Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion For Best Picture today, just two years after he won with Brokeback Mountain. The movie is a World War II thriller set in Shanghai featuring long and sometimes violent sex scenes which Lee has hinted were real. “It is overwhelming, because this movie has taken me to some very difficult places,” Lee told the red carpet award ceremony. Brian De Palma, whose Redacted shocked Venice with its brutal reconstruction of the real-life rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl by U.S. soldiers, won the Silver Lion For Best Director. Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There, one of six U.S. productions in the 23-strong main competition, took one of two Special Jury Prizes for his conceptual biopic about singer-songwriter Bob Dylan featuring Cate Blanchett who won the Volpi Cup For Best Actress along with Brad Pitt as the surprise winner of the Volpi Cup For Best Actor for his portrayal in The Assassination of Jesse James. The other Special Jury Prize winner was Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche’s drama The Secret of the Grain about immigration. Also awarded was the Golden Lion of the 75th Anniversary to Bernardo Bertolucci. Here are all the Venice awards.
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