"The Wrestler" wins Venice Golden Lion

Sat Sep 6, 2008 2:01pm EDT
 
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VENICE (Reuters) - U.S. movie "The Wrestler" won the Golden Lion for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday, winding up the 11-day competition on the Lido waterfront.

The Silver Lion for best director was won by Russia's Alexei German Jr. for "Paper Soldier." The best actor award went to Italy's Silvio Orlando for his role in "Il Papa di Giovanna" ("Giovanna's Father"), and the best actress prize was awarded to Dominique Blanc in "L'Autre" ("The Other One").

 
<p>U.S. actors Mickey Rourke and Evan Rachel Wood kiss on the red carpet at Venice Film Festival September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Max Rossi</p>