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Venice 2016: Philippine film emerges top

Venice Film Festival

The drama “The Woman Who Left” (“Ang Babaeng Humayo”) by Lav Diaz of the Philippines has won the Golden Lion for best film Saturday at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival.

The almost four-hour film, shot in black and white, tells the story of a defendant wrongly convicted and imprisoned for 30 years, who then struggles to recover her life.

Some 20 films competed for the top prize this year.

The head of the nine-member jury was British director Sam Mendes.

Earlier Saturday, Germany’s Paula Beer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best emerging actor for her role in “Frantz” by Francois Ozon.

In the drama, Beer plays a young woman who meets a French soldier while she is mourning the death of her fiance after World War I.

Beer won the award for her quiet and nuanced portrayal, according to the judges.

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival, founded in 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the “Big Three” film festivals alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

The film festival is part of the Venice Biennale, which was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895.

Today, the Biennale includes a range of separate events including: the International Art Exhibition; the International Festival of Contemporary Music; the International Theatre Festival; the International Architecture Exhibition and the International Festival of Contemporary Dance.

Others are the International Kids’ Carnival; and the annual Venice Film Festival, which is arguably the best-known of all the events.

The film festival has since taken place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy.(dpa/NAN)