Golden Lion for Best Film - Faust by Alexander Sukurov (Russia)
Silver Lion for Best Director - Shangjun CAI for the film Ren Shan Ren Hai [People Mountain People Sea] (China - Hong Kong)
Special Jury Prize - Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese (Italy)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor - Michael Fassbender in the film Shame by Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress - Deanie Yip in the film Tao Jie [A Simple Life] by Ann Hui (China - Hong Kong)
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Actor or Actress - Shota Sometani and Fumi Nikaido in the film Himizu by Sion Sono (Japan)
Osella for Best Cinematography - Robbie Ryan for the film Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom)
Osella for Best Screenplay - Yorgas Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for the film Alpis [Alps] by Yorgos Lanthimos (Grecia)
Faust was the surprise winner of the top prize beating with Sukorov beating out Roman Polanski (Carnage) George Clooney (The Ides of March), Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy) and Steve McQueen, whose hotly received film, Shame, was thought by many to be the one the jury, which was led by director Darren Aronofsky and musician David Byrne, would select.
Faust is a loose adaptation of the Goethe tragedy. It's the fourth in a series of movies on the themes of political power that earlier portrayed Hitler, Lenin and Japan's late Emperor Hirohito. China's Shangjun Cai took the best-director trophy got Ren Shan Ren Hai, the story of a man who returns to his mountain village to avenge his brother's killing. Another Chinese movie, A Simple Life, by Ann Hui - about a kousekeeper who retires to an old people's home after decades serving one family - was awarded the Best Actress award to Deannie Yip. Shame, Steve McQueen's explicit movie about a solitary sex addict on the rampage in New York, saw Michael Fassbender collect the Best Actor Trophy. What are your thoughts on these decisions?