Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cowboys Ride Tall at Venice; FILM: Festival Roundup: Venice

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cowboys Ride Tall at Venice; FILM: Festival Roundup: Venice

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Byline: DEREK MALCOLM

SUSPICIONS that this year's international jury at the Venice Festival, headed by Dante Ferretti, Martin Scorsese's regular production designer, and including radical filmmakers such as Claire Denis, Amos Kitai and Christine Vachon, would spring a few surprises were borne out by the results.

If it was no real shock that Ang Lee's popular Brokeback Mountain won the prestigious Golden Lion, it was certainly not expected that Abel Ferrara's Mary, a confused and confusing tale about a filmmaker making a life of Jesus, won the Special Jury Prize, nor that Philippe Garrel would scoop the Best Director Award for Les Amants Reguliers, an overlong if sometimes impressive love story set against the backdrop of the student riots of the late Sixties.

This meant that there was nothing for Fernando Meirelles's muchapplauded The Constant Gardener, adapted from the novel by John Le Carre. The film, however, which is partly a love story and thriller as well as an argument against the greed and duplicity of the multinational pharmaceutical companies in Africa, may well do better at next year's Academy Awards than here, where it was thought to be too commercially oriented to succeed.

The other hailed film, George Clooney's Good Night, and Good Luck, the story of television and radio commentator Ed Murrow, who fought the good fight against Senator Joe McCarthy's Communist witch-hunt, fared better. …

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