Russian film “Faust”, based on the classic German legend, has won the Golden Lion at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
Acclaimed director Alexander Sokurov picked up the coveted top prize.
“Faust” is the fourth and final instalment in his series about corrupting power.
Set in the 19th century, the film has won praise for its depiction of the squalor, stench and chaos of the time.
But “Faust” has also been criticised for being dialogue-heavy and lasting well over two hours.
The movie was filmed in the Czech Republic and Iceland at a cost of 8 million euros.
Coppa Volpi Best actor went to Michael Fassbender for his portrayal of a sex-obsessed young professional in “Shame”.
Best actress went to Hong Kong-born actress Deanie Ip for her portrayal of an ageing maid in the Cantonese movie “A Simple Life” which also stars Andy Lau.