Venice's Lion roars once more for Lee


Ang Lee's romantic thriller "Lust, Caution" brought the helmer his second Golden Lion in three years as the Venice Film Festival bestowed him its top prize.

"Caution," from Focus Features and River Road Entertainment, was the first film set in Asia in seven years for the Taiwan-born Lee, who also won the top Venice prize in 2005 for "Brokeback Mountain."

The victory came as something of a surprise to some local media heavyweights, with Rome daily La Repubblica and Milan's Corriere della Sera paper suggesting the film had not been among the festival's top offerings.

The jury's runner-up prize was shared by Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" and Abdellatif Kechiche's "The Secret of the Grain" (La graine et le mulet), which also won the International Critics Award.

Brian De Palma won the Silver Lion as best director for his hard-hitting faux Iraq War documentary, HDNet Films' "Redacted," which tells the story of a group of U.S. soldiers who rape and murder a young Iraqi girl.

The best actor nod went to Brad Pitt for his role as Jesse James in Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," and Cate Blanchett won the best actress prize for her portrayal of Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There."