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The Venice Film Festival is the oldest film festival in the world. It began in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica" and since then has taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi. It is one of the world's most prestigious film festivals and is part of the Venice Biennale, a major biennial exhibition and festival for contemporary art.

The festival's principal awards are the Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion), which is awarded to the best film screened at the festival, and the Coppa Volpi (Volpi Cup), which is awarded to the best actor and actress. In 2002, the San Marco Award has been introduced, for the best film of the "controcorrente" (against the stream) section.

For the most recent festivals, see the 63rd and the 64th Venice International Film Festival.

Golden Lion

1949 Manon Henri-Georges Clouzot
1950 Justice Is Done (Justice est faite) André Cayatte
1951 Rashōmon Akira Kurosawa
1952 Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) René Clément
1953 No award
1954 Romeo and Juliet Renato Castellani
1955 Ordet Carl Theodor Dreyer
1956 No award
1957 Aparajito Satyajit Ray
1958 Rickshaw Man Hiroshi Inagaki
1959 General della Rovere
The Great War
Roberto Rosselini
Mario Monicelli
1960 Le passage du Rhin André Cayatte
1961 Last Year at Marienbad Alain Resnais
1962 Family Diary
Ivan's Childhood
Valerio Zurlini
Andrei Tarkovsky
1963 Hands Over the City Francesco Rosi
1964 Red Desert Michelangelo Antonioni
1965 Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa Luchino Visconti
1966 The Battle of Algiers Gillo Pontecorvo
1967 Belle de jour Luis Buñuel
1968 Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos Alexander Kluge
No awards 1969-1979
1980 Atlantic City
Louis Malle
John Cassavetes
1981 Marianne and Juliane Margarethe von Trotta
1982 The State of Things Wim Wenders
1983 First Name: Carmen Jean-Luc Godard
1984 The Year of the Quiet Sun Krzysztof Zanussi
1985 Vagabond Agnès Varda
1986 The Green Ray Éric Rohmer
1987 Au revoir, les enfants Louis Malle
1988 La leggenda del santo bevitore Ermanno Olmi
1989 A City of Sadness Hou Hsiao-Hsien
1990 Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
1991 Urga Nikita Mikhalkov
1992 The Story of Qiu Ju Zhang Yimou
1993 Short Cuts
Trois couleurs: Bleu (Three Colors: Blue)
Robert Altman
Krzysztof Kieślowski
1994 Vive L'Amour
Before The Rain
Tsai Ming-liang
Milčo Mančevski
1995 Cyclo Anh Hung Tran
1996 Michael Collins Neil Jordan
1997 Fireworks Takeshi Kitano
1998 The Way We Laughed Gianni Amelio
1999 Not One Less Zhang Yimou
2000 Dayereh (The Circle) Jafar Panahi
2001 Monsoon Wedding Mira Nair
2002 The Magdalene Sisters Peter Mullan
2003 Vozvrashcheniye (The Return) Andrey Zvyagintsev
2004 Vera Drake Mike Leigh
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee
2006 Still Life Jia Zhangke
2007 Lust, Caution Ang Lee

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