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Venice prizes, surprises.

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Film festivals, Affleck, what? We’re still recovering and playing catch-up…in the meanwhile, the Venice prizes:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film:
"Sanxia Haoren (Still Life)" by Jia Zhang-Ke

SILVER LION for Best Director:
Alain Resnais for the film "Private Fears in Public Places"

SILVER LION REVELATION:
Emanuele Crialese for the film "Nuovomondo (Golden Door)"

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE:
"Daratt" by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

COPPA VOLPI for Best Male Actor:
Ben Affleck in the film "Hollywoodland" by Allen Coulter

COPPA VOLPI for Best Female Actor:
Helen Mirren in the film "The Queen" by Stephen Frears

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor:
Isild Le Besco in the film "L’intouchable" by Benoît Jacquot

OSELLA for Best Technical Contribution:
Emmanuel Lubezki
Director of Photography for the film "Children of Men" by Alfonso Cuarón

OSELLA for Best Screenplay:
Peter Morgan
for the film The Queen by Stephen Frears

SPECIAL LION:
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet for innovation in the language of cinema

HORIZONS PRIZE to:
"Mabei shang de fating" by Liu Jie

HORIZONS DOC PRIZE to:
"When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" by Spike Lee

LION OF THE FUTURE – Premio Venezia Opera Prima "Luigi De Laurentiis" to
"Khadak" by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

CORTO CORTISSIMO LION for Best Short Film to:
"Comment on freine dans une descente?" by Alix Delaporte

PRIX UIP for Best European Short Film to:
"The Making of Parts" by Daniel Elliott

SPECIAL MENTION to the film
"Adults Only" by Yeo Joon Han

"Still Life" was a late entry in the competition and a surprise winner, given that the competition was crowded with plenty of glitzier entries and that Jia Zhang-Ke is one of the few prominent Chinese directors not inclined to make his films with the international festival circuit in mind. The prize to Affleck has probably cemented his Oscar-considerability, despite only medium-warm reviews for the film. Our thoughts on "Hollywoodland" are forthcoming (oh, just you wait), but really, he’s not that good, he’s just not as bad as he’s been lately — is that worthy of an award these days?

+ Official Awards of the 63rd Venice Film Festival (Official site)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…