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Jurors: Jorge Semprún (president), Guglielmo Biraghi, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Abbas Kiarostami, Margarethe von Trotta, Mario Martone, Peter Rainier, Moses Rothman

Golden Lion:Cyclo, Vietnam, dir. Tran Anh Hung
Grand Jury Prize:God's Comedy, Portugal, dir. João César Monteiro
The Star Maker, Italy, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
Best Director:A Midwinter's Tale, UK, dir. Kenneth Branagh
Best Actress:La Cérémonie, Sandrine Bonnaire and Isabelle Huppert
Best Actor:The Deathmaker, Götz George
Best Supporting Actress:The Story of a Poor Young Man, Isabella Ferrari
Best Supporting Actor:Nothing Personal, Ian Hart
Best Screenplay:Det Means Girl, Abolfazl Jalili
Best Cinematography:Maborosi, Masao Nakabori
FIPRESCI Award:Beyond the Clouds, Italy/France, dir. Michelangelo Antonioni & Wim Wenders
Cyclo, Vietnam, dir. Tran Anh Hung

Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Golden Lion:
The Crossing Guard (USA, dir. Sean Penn) - This is the only one I've watched, ages ago, and I barely recall it beyond relentless miserabilism. So, we shall see!

Sidebar Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
Strange Days (USA, dir. Kathryn Bigelow) - City on fire! The too-muchness of this apocalyptic, sci-fi, gun-toting, post-Rodney drama-cum-thriller is just right.

Apollo 13 (USA, dir. Ron Howard) - As deftly edited a mall movie as I can remember, deeply felt, acted across the board with unfussy precision. I love it.

Unzipped (USA, dir. Douglas Keeve) - Energy stays high at 73 minutes. Mizrahi has more than enough personality to keep the balloon aloft. Nothing new, but fun.

The Celluloid Closet (USA, dirs. Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman) - Generously illustrated companion to a landmark book that always favored polemic over nuance. A force for good.

Dolores Claiborne (USA, dir. Taylor Hackford) - Hackford is not nimble enough with the temporal shifts, cold milieu, and difficult tone. Ambitious but strained.

Mighty Aphrodite (USA, dir. Woody Allen) - Broad bloodline-irony-fate threads bind faux-Sophoclean slapstick to threadbare hooker-redemption farce. Awkward.

Braveheart (USA/UK, dir. Mel Gibson) -

Waterworld (USA, dir. Kevin Reynolds) -

Jade (USA, dir. William Friedkin) - No one agrees with Friedkin that this over-heated, under-reasoned twaddle is his best. Dull. Limply prurient. Actors napping.

Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
La Cérémonie, France, dir. Claude Chabrol
God's Comedy, Portugal, dir. João César Monteiro
Maborosi, Japan, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
Det Means Girl, Iran, dir. Abolfazl Jalili
Clockers, USA, dir. Spike Lee
Cyclo, Vietnam, dir. Tran Anh Hung
Kardiogramma, Kazakhstan, dir. Darezhan Omirbaev
Guantanamera, Cuba, dir. Tomás Gutiérrez Alea & Juan Carlos Tabío
Who Killed Pasolini?, Italy, dir. Marco Tullio Giordano
The Star Maker, Italy, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
A Midwinter's Tale, UK, dir. Kenneth Branagh
The Deathmaker, Germany, dir. Romuald Karmakar
Sender Unknown, Mexico, dir. Carlos Carrera
Nothing Personal, Ireland, dir. Thaddeus O'Sullivan
The Story of a Poor Young Man, Italy, dir. Ettore Scola
The Flying Dutchman, The Netherlands, dir. Jos Stelling

Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically
French Twist [Gazon maudit], France, dir. Josiane Balasko
Carl-Theodor Dreyer: My Métier, Denmark, dir. Torben Skjodt Jensen
Wild Horses, Argentina, dir. Marcelo Piñero
The Doom Generation, USA, dir. Gregg Araki
The Day of the Beast, Spain, dir. Álex de la Iglesia
Flamenco, Spain, dir. Carlos Saura
Palookaville, USA, dir. Alan Taylor
Stonewall, USA/UK, dir. Nigel Finch

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