Korean director Kim Ki-duk's divisive and sadistic mother-and-son drama "Pieta" has scored the Golden Lion, the 69th Venice Film Festival's top prize reports The New York Times.
Announced on Saturday night, Paul Thomas Anderson scored Best Director while Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix shared Best Actor awards for "The Master".
In fact trade reports have said the film could well have won the Golden Lion were it not for a rule prohibiting any title from winning more than two major awards.
Hadas Yaron won the best actress prize for the Israeli film "Fill the Void", while Olivier Assayas won best screenplay for his autobiographical coming-of-age drama "Something in the Air".
The special jury prize went to Austrian director Ulrich Seidl's darkly comic drama "Paradise: Faith" about a self-flagellating Roman Catholic woman married to a paraplegic Muslim.