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Offbeat Swedish film takes top prize at Venice film fest

VENICE (Reuters) - Swedish director Roy Andersson's offbeat, surrealist comedy "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.
/ Source: Reuters

VENICE (Reuters) - Swedish director Roy Andersson's offbeat, surrealist comedy "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

The award for best director went to 77-year-old Andrei Konchalovsky for his film "The Postman's White Nights".

American director Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Look of Silence", a documentary about massacres in Indonesia in the 1960s following a failed communist coup, got the Jury Prize for best film.

(Reporting by Michael Roddy; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)