Director Ang Lee holds the Golden Lion
award for best film at the Venice film festival September 8, 2007. Lee won
for "Lust, Caution", a World War Two espionage thriller set in Shanghai.
VENICE, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese director Ang Lee
Saturday picked up the Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion for best picture for
his spy thriller "Lust, Caution," just two years after taking the same award for
This is the third consecutive year that a Chinese
director has won the Golden Lion. Last year's best picture award went to Jia
Zhangke for "Still Life."
Jia's "Wuyong", or 'Useless,' took the Orizzonti Doc
Prize at this year's Venice Film Festival.
Lee's movie, called "Se, Jie" in Chinese, is set in
the Japanese-occupied Shanghai in 1940s. The boldness of the sex scenes in the
movie between a spy girl played by novice actress Tang Wei and powerful
political figure played by Tony Leung became a major topic at the festival.
Jury president Zhang Yimou said Lee's movie has won
applause from all of the seven-member jury. Lee had made an excellent
integration of international resources while filming "Lust, Caution," which
played an important role in winning him the award, he said.
Lee told the red carpet prize ceremony that the movie
"has taken me to some very difficult places."
Lee said he was accepting the prize "in the shadow of
the passing of two great giants, Michaelangelo Antonioni and Ingmar Bergman."
The director said he would like to dedicate the award
to Bergman, whom he saw while working on "Lust, Caution". "Ingmar hugged me the
way a mother hugs a child. This hug was not for me, it was for you, the keepers
of cinema," he said.
Bergman died on July 30, and Antonioni of Italy one
Lee also expressed his gratitude to Chinese viewers
and his colleagues in Hong Kong, saying that he hoped to share the award with
Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche's
immigration drama "La Graine et le Mulet" ("The Secret of the Grain") had been
the pre-award favorite for the Golden Lion.
It took away one of two runner-up jury prizes, while
the other was won by U.S. director Todd Haynes for his "I'm Not There."
Taiwanese director Ang Lee poses with
the Golden Lion for Best Film during the closing ceremony of the 64th
Venice International Film Festival at Venice Lido. Ang Lee picked up his
second Golden Lion at the Venice film festival for his erotic spy thriller
"Se, Jie" (Lust, Caution).(Xinhua/AFP Photo)
Chinese documentary brings fashion to
(R-L) Fashion designer Ma Ke, director
Jia Zhangke, and the production team of the documentary "Inutile," pose at
the film's premiere in Venice, on Monday, Sept. 3, 2007. (Source:
BEIJING, Sept. 5 -- Jia Zhangke's fashion-focused
documentary "Inutile" (Wu Yong), had its global premiere at the Venice
International Film Festival on Monday, featuring a catwalk show staged by crew
The film's production team, led by director Jia
Zhangke, walked the red carpet wearing the Wu Yong brand clothing, designed by
Ma Ke, the film's protagonist. Full story
Venice wows 6-minute
BEIJING, Sept. 8 -- To pay his tribute to the Venice Film Festival, director
Peter Chan has made a special edition of his new war epic "The Warlords" to be
shown during the ongoing festival.
The latest official poster of "The
Warlords" (Photo: CRIENGLISH. com)
The six-minute short film describes the scene of a
wretched war field, reflecting the complicated relations between the main
characters. Full story