13 Sep 2009

Israeli film wins top Venice award

1:07 pm on 13 September 2009

An Israeli war film about the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 has won the top award at the 66th Venice Film Festival, the Golden Lion.

Lebanon, by director Samuel Maoz, is shot almost entirely inside an Israeli tank.

The award for best director went to Iranian-born Shirin Neshat for the film Women Without Men.

Colin Firth of Britain won the award for best actor for A Single Man, in which he plays a gay professor in mourning.

The festival jury was headed by Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee, who won the Golden Lion in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.