Israeli Film Wins Venice Prize

Actor Yoav Donat, left, and director Samuel Maoz with the Golden Lion Best Film Award for 'Lebanon' during the winners photo call at the 66th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Israeli film "Lebanon," about the 1982 conflict in that Middle East country, has won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

The festival jury announced the Golden Lion and other prizes Saturday night on the last day of the 11-day screening of films from around the world.

Photos: Venice Snapshots

"Lebanon," directed by Samuel Maoz, tells the story of Israeli paratroopers searching a hostile town. Variety described the film as the "boldest and best of the recent mini-wave" of Israeli movies.

Photos: More Snapshots from Venice