Ang Lee's BrokebackMountain won the Golden Lion at the62nd Venice Film Festival yesterday. The Grand Jury prize went to Abel Ferrerafor Mary, while George Clooney'sheavily-tipped Good Night. And, Good Luck won two consolation prizes - Best Actor for David Strathairn'sportrayal of journalist Edward R Murrow, and a Lion for Clooney's ownscreenplay written with producer Grant Heslov.
Brokeback Mountain's top prize marks the second time in a row that afilm believed to have been passed over by the Cannes Film Festival has takenthe Golden Lion at Venice after last year's Vera Drake.
The film, which screenedlast night in Toronto's Masters section, is based on an E. Annie Proulx novellaand stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured above at yesterday'sToronto press conference) as two Wyoming cowboys whose on-screen love affairhas bowled over international critics
Other top prizes at Venicesaw the Silver Lion for Best Director go to Philippe Garrel, for RegularLovers (Les Amants Reguliers). The film also netted a technical award. The VolpiCup for Best Actress, meanwhile, went to local favourite Giovanna Mezzogiornofor her role in La Bestia Nel Cuore(Don't Tell).
In an unusual move, theVenice Jury, led by Dante Ferretti, decided to award French actress IsabelleHuppert, who appeared in the festival in Patrice Chereau's Gabrielle, a special career Golden Lion - only the second timein 20 years this award has been handed out.