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Gay Cowboys Win Coveted Venice Film Fest Award

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

Posted: September 10, 2005 4:00 pm ET

(Venice, Italy) Ang Lee's gay cowboy film "Brokeback Mountain" won the coveted Golden Lion - the highest prize - Saturday at the Venice Film Festival.

Lee beat out competition from 18 other films, including George Clooney's favored "Good Night, Good Luck."

Brokeback Mountain" starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal (pictured) has sweeping vistas, lonesome men, bucking broncos and smouldering campfires. It also has some steamy sex scenes between the two men whose lives are changed, disturbed and entwined after being hired to tend sheep for a summer in Wyoming in the early 1960s.

"The love story has good vibes. I hope it will penetrate prejudices,'' Lee told reporters a few hours before the premiere of the movie at the Venice Festival.

He said setting the story in the 1960s in the conservative West "helped set up the obstacles, especially to gay love, affection.''

More difficult than interpreting a love story between men - cowboys at that - was getting beyond clichéd perceptions about the American west, he said.

"My biggest enemy was the (western) movie genre which was invented,'' said the director, whose films include Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hulk, The Ice Storm and Sense and Sensibility.

Ledger called the film the best love story he's done in his career.

Lee, maker of Oscar-winner "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is also noted for "The Hulk" and "Sense and Sensibility".

"Brokeback Mountain" will get its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend, but it is not in competition there.

©365Gay.com 2005


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