>> Nearly four hours long, it may not be everyone's cup of tea but The Woman Who Left certainly impressed the jury at the Venice Film Festival. Filipino director Lav Diaz won the festival's top prize, the Golden Lion, for his black and white movie. This is a man who shoots often with very little budget.
He just gets his camera, he told us, and off he goes with his team of people and then he produces these epic films. It was a nine hour film that we saw in Berlin and the one that just won here was about four hours in length. The film is about a woman's thirst for revenge after spending 30 years in jail for a crime she didn't commit.
Diaz describes it as a testimony to the struggles of the Philippines after centuries of colonial rule. He said he hoped the award would generate a greater appreciation of long films.>> Yeah. Maybe it can emancipate the issue that cinema is not just two hours, not just one and a half hours.
Cinema is still very young, we can still push it.>> The runner up Grand Jury Prize went to Nocturnal Animals, only the second feature film from fashion designer Tom Ford. The Special Jury Prize when to Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch. Amirpour was one of just two female directors at Venice this year.
Jury member Sam Mendes, known for directing the most recent James Bond movies, says all of this year's films took him out of his comfort zone. The world's oldest film festival is in its 73rd year. It's seen as a launching pad for the industy's award season.