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Roma takes Venice Golden Lion by Jennie Kermode - 2018-09-08 20:21:43

Golden Lion winner Roma

Alfonso Cuaron's Roma has won the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival.

The film is partially based on Cuaron's own childhood. The director, who received his prize from jury president and last year's Golden Lion winner Guillermo Del Toro, described both award and festival as "Incredibly meaningful to me."

Li Cheng, centre, with his stars Enrique Salanic and Manolo Errera Photo: Yq Studio LLC Yorgos Lanthimos took home the Grand Jury Prize for his historic romp The Favourite, which also saw British star Olivia Colman named best actress. The Silver Lion for best director went to Jacques Audiard for his western The Sisters Brothers. Willem Dafoe picked up the Best Actor gong.

In the Horizons sidebar, the top prize was taken by Manta Ray - which is one of several films available to watch this year on Festival Scope's Sala Web, including The Announcement and,
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