Now that's what I call a result. Samuel Maoz's dazzling debut Lebanon, which I raved about last week, today scooped the Golden Lion at the 66th Venice Film Festival.
"I dedicate this award to all those thousands of people all over the world who came back from the war, like me, safe and sound. Apparently they are fine. They walk; get married; have children. But inside them the memories will remain etched in their souls," said Maoz after receiving the prize from jury president Ang Lee.
The complete list of winners is as follows:
GOLDEN LION: Lebanon (Samuel Maoz, Israel-France-Germany)
SILVER LION: Women Without Men (Shirin Neshat, Germany-Austria-France)
GRAND JURY PRIZE: Soul Kitchen (Fatih Akin, Germany)
ACTOR: Colin Firth, A Single Man (Tom Ford, US)
ACTRESS: Ksenia Rappoport, The Double Hour, Giuseppe Capotondi, Italy)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER: Jasmine Trinca, The Big Dream, Michele Placido, Italy)
BEST SCREENPLAY: Todd Solondz, Life During Wartime (Todd Solondz, US)
TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION: (Set Design) Sylvie Olive, Mr Nobody (Jaco Van Dormael, France)
LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE: Engkwentro (Pepe Diokno, Philippines)
VENICE HORIZONS: Engkwentro (Pepe Diokno, Philippines)
VENICE HORIZONS DOCUMENTARY: 1428 (Du Haibin, (China)
VENICE HORIZONS SPECIAL MENTION: The Man’s Woman And Other Stories (Amit Dutta, India)