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CHINESE FILM TAKES TOP PRIZE IN VENICE FEST

The Chinese film "Not One Less," directed by Zhang Yimou, took the top prize Saturday at the 56th edition of the Venice Film Festival.

The jury's special prize went to "The Wind Will Carry Us," by Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami.

Best acting honors went to French actress Nathalie Baye for "A Pornographic Liaison," the unpornographic story of a couple's weekly hotel-room trysts by Belgian director Frederic Fonteyne, and to Britain's Jim Broadbent for his role as the Gilbert half of the operetta team Gilbert and Sullivan in Mike Leigh's "Topsy-Turvy."

American comedian Jerry Lewis was also honored with a lifetime achievement award. It was presented by director Martin Scorsese, who praised Lewis as a "genuine American artist" who "created a truly modern kind of physical comedy."

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