Kim Ki-duk’s South Korean tale about a loan shark who meets a woman claiming to be his mother scooped the Golden Lion best film award at the 69th Venice Film Festival on Saturday (8).
The Silver Lion for best director was presented to Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master and a special jury prize to Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube) by Ulrich Seidl.
Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared the best actor Coppa Volpi for The Master while best actress honours have gone to Hadas Yaron for Fill The Void (Lemale Et Ha’Chalal).
The Marcello Mastroianni Award for best new young actor or actress was presented to Fabrizio Falco for Bella Addormentata and È Stato Il Figlio.
Olivier Assayas took best screenplay honours for Apres Mai and Daniele Ciprì claimed the Award For The Best Technical Contribution (Cinematography) for È Stato Il Figlio.
The Lion Of The Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award For A Debut Film was presented to Ali Aydın’s Kuf (Mold). Filmauro funded a $100,000 prize to be shared equally by the director and producer.
In the Orizzonti awards, Wang Bing’s San Zimei won best film and the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize went to Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne. The Orizzonti Youtube Award For Best Short Film went to Cho-De by Min-young Yoo.
The European Film Awards 2012-EFA prize went to Titloi Telous by Yorgos Zois.
Francesco Rosi took the 2012 Golden Lion for lifetime achievement, Spike Lee received the Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory To The Filmmaker award, Michael Cimino collected the Persol Award while Giulia Bevilacqua received the L’Oreal Paris Per Il Cinema Award.