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Israeli war film takes Golden Lion prize at Venice

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Israeli war film takes Golden Lion prize at Venice


Director Samuel Moaz celebrates after his hard-hitting Israeli war movie “Lebanon” won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival.

“I dedicate this award to all the thousands of people around the world who come back from the war, like me, safe and sound but inside the memory will remain stabbed in their souls,” he said. Moaz shot almost the entire film from inside a tank to communicate the claustrophobia and fear he experienced as a young Israeli conscript during the 1982 war. Best actor award went to Colin Firth for his performance as a homosexual professor mourning the loss of his lover in Tom Ford’s debut picture “A single man”. “To be here with this gift on my hand it’s the biggest honour of my life,” he said. The film is based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood. Ksenia Rappoport from Russia took best the best acrtress award. “I feel like I’m flying with a parachute and I am unable to land,” she said Rappoport plays an emigrant hotel worker who becomes mixed up in a robbery plot in Guiseppe Capotondi’s thriller “La Doppia Ora.”

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