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In Venice, Russian, Chilean films favored for Golden Lion

In Venice, Russian, Chilean films favored for Golden Lion

Russian director Aleksei Fedorchenko's "Silent Souls" and "Post Mortem" by Chile's Pablo Larrain were favorites Friday to win the Venice film festival's Golden Lion.
Fedorchenko's sombre story involving Russia's minority Merya culture and Larrain's snapshot of the days after Chile's 1973 military coup lead the pack of 24 films vying for the top prize, according to a tabulation of 21 international critics.
Close behind are French director Francois Ozon's comedy "Potiche" starring Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu and Sofia Coppola's father-daughter drama "Somewhere."
The popular vote online leans towards Hong Kong blockbuster "Detective Dee and the Mystery of Phantom Flame," a Tang Dynasty whodunnit by Vietnamese-born Tsui Hark.
Monte Hellman, who at 78 is among few directors aged over 50 at this year's Mostra, is tipped to receive a career achievement award.


Updated : 2021-04-11 12:42 GMT+08:00