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Sunday, September 7, 2008

'The Wrestler' wins Venice's Golden Lion-VIDEO

By Eric J. Lyman,Hollywood Reporter
September 6,2008

ROME – Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler," which set the Venice Lido abuzz after its world premiere Friday, won the festival's top prize Saturday.

Mickey Rourke, considered by many a favorite for the festival's best actor prize for his interpretation of an aging pro wrestler struggling to come to terms with the end of his career. The film, which may have sealed Rourke's acting comeback, had been a dark horse for the overall Golden Lion prize, however.

"Darren Aronofsky came here a couple of years ago and fell on his ass," Rourke told a packed Sala Grande crowd after the award was announced, referring to Aronofsky's "The Fountain," which flopped in Venice in 2006. "I'm glad he had the balls to come back. I don't think he wanted to come back but I told him, "You have to come back' and he did."

Source: AssociatedPress

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