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2008-09-08 12:00:24

By Peter Popham Mickey Rourke's true-to-life portrayal is tipped for an Oscar and raises the game at lacklustre festival They saved the best for last. Darren Aronofskys The Wrestler won the 65th Venice Film Festivals Golden Lion last night. It premiered only one day before, giving what critics agreed was an otherwise lacklustre Venice a powerful sting in the tail. Mickey Rourke, swaggering in oversize shirt and tie, with straggly blond locks draped over his face, went on stage to watch...

2008-09-08 09:00:29

U.S. film "The Wrestler" wins Venice Int'l Film Festival Golden Lion award VENICE, Italy, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The American Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" has won the Golden Lion for best film award at the 65th Venice International Film Festival this year, the festival organizers announced on Saturday evening. At the closing ceremony in Film Palace of Lido, Venice, the film awarded the festival's top award stars Mickey Rourke as a wrestler forced into retirement who strikes up a...

2008-09-08 09:00:29

"The Wrestler," a drama directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Mickey Rourke, has won the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival. Rourke has starred in the movies "Rumble Fish,""9 1/2 weeks,""Pope of Greenwich Village" and "Barfly." Aronofsky has directed the films "Requiem for a Dream" and "The Fountain." In the new movie, Rourke plays a professional wrestler well past his prime. "I need to thank Mickey Rourke, for opening up his heart and soul for the camera,...

2008-09-05 09:00:23

Mexican short film wins Golden Lion award in Venice film festival MEXICO CITY, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Mexican short film "Tierra y Pan" (Land and Bread) won the Golden Lion award Thursday at the 65th Venice International Film Festival, according to news reports reaching here. The jury said within a few minutes and a single space, the author has managed to tell a dramatic story of misery and loneliness. The jury formed by Amos Poe, the president, along with Italian movie historian...

2008-08-29 15:00:36

Venice International film festival kicks off VENICE (Italy), Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The annual famous International Film Festival kicked off on Wednesday evening in this beautiful island Lido of Venice, in Italy. George Clooney kicks off the Venice Film Festival with the world premiere of the Coen brothers' latest work but from then on Hollywood gives way to indie movies, Japanese anime and more Italian films than usual. Clooney and his pal Brad Pitt hit the red carpet to promote Joel...

2008-08-28 00:00:26

By Peter Popham The Hollywood writers' strike has given home-grown films a chance to shine in Venice. Add the eclectic tastes of director Marco Mueller and this is an event like no other. By Peter Popham The Venice Film Festival This year's Venice Film Festival got off to a cliche-ridden start: the sun beat down, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, Italy's favourite Americans, flashed their dazzling Hollywood smiles and signed autographs for adoring fans, the water taxis threatened to go on...

2008-08-27 06:00:33

By Roderick Conway Morris Sixty years ago when the Venice film festival finally moved back, after World War II, into its purpose-built Palazzo del Cinema (which had been requisitioned for a period by Allied forces) on the Lido, Britain carried off half the prizes: three for Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet," one for Graham Greene for "The Fallen Idol" and another for John Bryan for "Oliver Twist." This year, as work begins on a brand-new filmfest complex at the old site, due to be completed in...

2008-08-26 18:00:33

George Clooney will kick off the 2008 Venice Film Festival with his latest effort but after that independent movies will hold sway, officials said. Clooney and co-star Brad Pitt were set to walk the red carpet Wednesday in Venice to promote their new major studio film, "Burn After Reading" by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. Other than that the festival will largely concentrate on works from lesser-known or first-time directors, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. It said the only...


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  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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