The first Golden Lion of this year’s Venice Film Festival has been awarded to Italian director, Ermanno Olmi. The 77-year-old was honoured last night for Lifetime Achievement. Among his most famous works are The Legend of the Holy Drinker and “The Tree Wooden Clogs”. Tonight all eyes will be on who will pick up the coveted Golden Lion for Best Film.
It is notoriously difficult to predict who will walk away with the top prize from the world’s oldest film festival and this year’s race is wide open. That said, the honour is expected to go to one of three strong US entries – among which is “The Wrestler” – which is being lauded as Mickey Rourke’s return to form. In it he plays a lonely, washed out fighter who story poignantly mirrors the Hollywood outsider’s own troubled past.