Well, the Venice Film Festival has come and gone for another year, leaving Pieta, a South Korean film about a brutal debt collector with the Golden Lion award. The best actor award was actually split between Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix for Scientology-inspired film The Master.

The Master, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, also picked up the Silver Lion prize for best director. The film was inspired by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, and tells the story of a sect leader who takes a war veteran under his wing.

Hoffman, who also collected Phoenix’s award, seemed keen to big-up Phoenix and his ‘life force’:

“Joaquin Phoenix is a life force in this film… and I kind of rode that life force and that was my performance. It was really riding his life force because it was something that was untameable and my job was to try to and it was almost impossible, which is kind of the movie.”

According to BBC News, he also praised Anderson, who wasn’t present at the ceremony, referring to him as “friend first, collaborator second. And he happens to be one of the great film-makers.”

Director Kim Ki-duk picked up Pieta‘s award, and sang a song to the audience while thanking the jury (headed by US director Michael Mann). Afterwards, he said:

“This is a song that we Koreans sing when we are sad, when we feel alone, when we feel desperate, but also when we’re happy.”

Hadas Yaron won best actress for Fill the Void, a film delving into the life of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.