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Korean Film 'The Weight' Wins Venice 'Queer Lion' Prize

in VIET NAM, 08/09/2012

Korean director Jeon Kyu-hwan's film The Weight has won the 'Queer Lion' prize at the Venice International Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Queer Lion award, awarded in Venice since 2007, is given each year to the best film in the official selection, either in- or out-of-competition, or in any of the festival’s three main sidebars that “accurately portrays lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters.”

Among the other candidates for the prize were Brian De Palma’s Passion; Den Skaldede Frisor (All You Need is Love) from Danish director Susanne Bier; Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned; Acciaio (Steel) from Italian director Stefano Mordini; Pascal Bonitzer's Cherchez Hortense (Looking for Hortense); and 6 Sull’Autobus (6 On the Bus) featuring six parallel stories from six different Italian directors: Simone Dante Antonelli, Giacomo Bisordi, Rita de Donato, Irene di Lelio, Antonio Ligas, and Emiliano Russo.

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