'In the Future' wins Venice's Queer Lion

10:28 AM PST 09/10/2010 by Eric J. Lyman, AP

Blier's 'The Clink of Ice' nabs Europa Cinemas award

ROME -- Bertrand Blier's "Le Bruit des Glacons" (The Clink of the Ice) won the Europa Cinemas award for the best film in the Venice Days sidebar at the Venice Film Festival, while "En el futuro" (In the Future), from Argentina's Mauro Andrizzi, won the festival Queer Lion honor.
 
The last Friday of the Venice Film Festival, the day before the festival officially concludes, is traditionally the day most of the collateral awards are presented.
 
In addition to the top Venice Days prize and the Queer Lion Award, Friday saw the Leoncino d'Oro (The Golden Lion Cub) award go to Richard Lewis' "Barneys Vision," which had its world premiere on Friday, the same day the Leoncino award was announced. The prize, which is selected by local school children who watch all the festival's main films, has predicted the winner of the main Golden Lion prize in six of the past 18 years, and the film they select has almost always gone on to win some important hardware the following day.
 
Other prizes announced Friday include the UNICEF award, which went to Julian Schnabel's in-competition "Miral," which recounted the Israel-Palestine problem from the point of view of a young Palestinian girl, the megahit "Avatar" from James Cameron and "How to Train Your Dragon" from Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois -- neither of which screened in Venice -- were given a Venice-backed Pers prize for the most creative 3D film of the year, and Roberta Torre's "I baci mai dati" (The Kisses Never Given), which was the opening film of the Contracampo Italiano sidebar, won the Brian Award from the Italian Union of Rational Atheists and Agnostics. The film tells the story of a young girl growing up in poverty in southern Italy who pretends she can perform miracles.
 
"En el futuro," which screened in the festival's re-vamped Orizzonti sidebar, won the Queer Lion prize over more heralded nominees including Darren Aronofsky's thriller "Black Swan," which was the festival's opening film. The Queer Lion jury, which selects a winner based on the way the film portrays gay characters, said the film won the prize for "portraying and displaying, in short episodes, spontaneous and solid love, regardless of whether it is straight or gay."
 
"Le Bruit des Glacons," meanwhile, won the Venice Days prize that will give it access to screenings from Europa Cinemas exhibitors across Europe. The film tells the story of a man's efforts to get to know the cancer infesting his body better. The jury called the film "a pitch-black comedy about cancer and alcohol."
 
Venice Days, the popular Venice sidebar now in its seventh edition, focuses on emerging directors.
 
The Venice festival got underway Sept. 1 and concludes Saturday.
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