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Winners of the 69th Venice Film Festival

Golden Lion for Best Film to Pieta by Kim Ki-duk (Republic of Korea)

Silver Lion for Best Director to The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA)

Special Jury Prize to Paradies: Glaube by Ulrich Seidl (Austria, Germany, France)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor to Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix

in the film The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson (USA)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress Hadas Yaron

in the film Lemale Et Ha.Chalal by Rama Bursthein (Israel)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress to Fabrizio Falco

in the films Bella Addormentata by Marco Bellocchio (Italy) and È Stato Il Figlio by Daniele Ciprí (Italy)

Award For Best Screenplay to Olivier Assayas

for the film Apres Mai by Olivier Assayas (France)

Award For The Best Technical Contribution (Cinematography) to Daniele Ciprì

for the film È Stato Il Figlio by Daniele Ciprì (Italy)

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Rush Hour (L'ora di Punta)

Rush Hour (L'ora di Punta)
Venice International Film Festival

R&C Prods.

VENICE, Italy -- Rush Hour is a strange English title for Vincenzio Marra's languid and unintentionally amusing drama about a corrupt member of Italy's Financial Police who thinks he can outwit his boss, major financiers, building unions and two beautiful women.

The only thing rushed about it is the screenplay, which stumbles into so many silly pitfalls that it provoked laughter at a press and industry screening at the Venice International Film Festival.

With leading man Michele Lastella providing handsome looks but only two expressions -- surprise and self-satisfaction -- the picture, which was in competition at the festival, is likely to sink without trace even on home territory.

The young police officer joins the financial department full of brisk energy and eager to suck up to Capt. Salvi, played by Augusto Zucchi as if he were a mafia don. Despite having a lovely and caring fiance (Giulia Bevilacqua), Costa succumbs to the charms of an older woman, a rich widow (Fanny Ardant).

After a successful career taking bribes left and right, which he shares with the captain, Costa quits the department and gets into the construction business, which he knows nothing about. Banal and predictable, the film's one element of interest is in guessing what cliche will come next.

RUSH HOUR

R&C Prods., The French Connection, RAI Cinema

Credits:

Director, writer: Vincenzio Marra

Producers: Tilde Corsi and Gianni Romoli

Director of photography: Luca Bigazzi

Production designer: Beatrice Scarpato

Costume Designer: Daniella Ciancio

Editor: Luca Benedetti

Cast:

Caterina: Fanny Ardant

Filippo: Michele Lastella

Francesca: Giulia Bevilacqua

Captain Salvi: Augusto Zucchi

Donati: Atonio Gerardi

Anna: Barba Valmorin

Patrizi: Nicola Labate

Prisco: Maurizio Tesei

Running time -- 95 minutes

No MPAA rating

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