The Venice Film festival may be only half way through but the first Golden Lion has been awarded.
It has gone not to just one film maker but to an entire studio. John Lasseter and his crew of Pixar directors were rewarded for their work creating a new generation of childhood favourite characters from Nemo to Toy Story’s Woody. The Pixar team celebrated along side life-size versions of the stars in their latest hit “Up”. To mark the award, the 3-D versions of “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2” were premiered. Also on show was the latest offering from US documentary maker, Michael Moore. Known for tackling controversial issues of the day, this time he has launched an all out attack on the capitalist system in “Capitalism: A love story”. Responding to a question about his films relevance to countries outside the US, director Michael Moore said: “Well I think this film is very relevant to Europeans and to people around the world because you are experiencing the results of this economic collapse, a collapse that began in large part in Wall Street, so it is not just Americans that suffer that, you suffer it also so I think the film is very relevant on that level.”