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ROME – The Weight, a drama about a young hunchback man living a solitary life working in a morgue, was the winner of the Queer Lion Award announced Friday.
The film, directed by Korean director Jeon Kyu-hwan, appeared in the autonomous Venice Days sidebar. The award is the first of the major collateral awards to be announced for the Venice festival, which concludes Saturday.
The Queer Lion award, awarded in Venice since 2007, is goven each year to the best film in the official selection, either in- or out-of-competition, or in any of the festival’s three main sidebars that “accurately portrays lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender characters.”
Among the other candidates for the prize were Brian De Palma’s Passion; Den Skaldede Frisor (All You Need is Love) from Danish director Susanne Bier; Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned; Acciaio (Steel) from Italian director Stefano Mordini; Pascal Bonitzer‘s Cherchez Hortense (Looking for Hortense); and 6 Sull’Autobus (6 On the Bus) featuring six parallel stories from six different Italian directors: Simone Dante Antonelli, Giacomo Bisordi, Rita de Donato, Irene di Lelio, Antonio Ligas, and Emiliano Russo.
Last year’s winner was Wilde Salome from Al Pacino.
The Queer Lion competition is organized each year by founder Daniel Casagrande.
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