Branagh film gets top award

Kenneth Branagh's latest film, In The Bleak Midwinter, won a prestigious award last night at the Venice Film Festival. The film, which brings together such diverse acting talents as Joan Collins, Richard Briers and Jennifer Saunders, is a low-budget romantic comedy set in the world of thespian "luvvies".

In The Bleak Midwinter, which goes on release in the UK on 1 December, received its premiere in Venice and was given the Osello D'Oro Award by judges last night.

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