Israeli Film Wins Top Prize At Venice
Israeli director Samuel Maoz's autobiographical war film Lebanon won the top Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. The film, shot entirely from inside an Israeli tank and set during the war with Lebanon in 1982, was based on Maoz's own experiences. Coming in second was the Iranian film, Women Without Men , directed by Shirin Neshat, which was set during the 1953 U.S.-backed coup that reinstalled the shah as head of state. Colin Firth was named best actor for his performance as a gay professor mourning the death of his lover, in A Single Man, a film directed by fashion designer Tom Ford. And Russian actress Ksenia Rappaport won the best actress award for La Doppia Ora.