A Swedish existential morbid comedy took the Golden Lion at this year's Venice International Film Festival. "It's so full of empathy and it's so humanistic and I think that's what movies should be, in the service of humanism," director Roy Andersson said when he accepted the award today.

Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky won best director for The Postman's White Nights, while American documentary The Look of Silence won the Jury Prize for best film. Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher won best actress for Hungry HeartsGirls' Adam Driver won best actor for the same film.

Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton has gotten critical acclaim and opened the festival, but it failed to garner any awards.

[via Reuters]