Lee triumphs at Venice film festival

Director Ang Lee has triumphed at the Venice Film Festival - by winning the event's top award for the second time in two years.

The filmmaker was awarded the Golden Lion for Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) at this year's festival in Italy; the same honour he won in 2005 for Brokeback Mountain.

He dedicated his prize to iconic Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, who died in July.

Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her role in Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, while Brad Pitt was awarded the Best Actor gong for The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, although neither star was at the ceremony to collect their prize.

Pitt told reporters at the Toronto Film Festival, where he is promoting the outlaw movie: "I could try to play it down, but it's great fun.

"The nicest thing is how excited my friends are for me and to be amongst the lineage of people that have also been bestowed this honour. It's a really nice honour."

Other winners included Brian De Palma, who was honoured for Best Direction in Iraq War drama Redacted.

British director Ken Loach was awarded Best Screenplay for It's A Free World, while Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci was lauded with a special award for his work in cinema, which includes Last Tango In Paris and The Last Emperor.

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