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Brokeback Mountain

Brokeback Mountain is a 2005 film directed by Ang Lee as well as a short story by E. Annie Proulx, upon which the film is based. The screenplay was written by Diana Ossana and Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry.

The story tells of two cowboys who meet on a sheep herding job in the mountains of Wyoming in the early 1960s and fall in love. Over the next 20 years the story follows their lives and their continuing but complex relationship, including marriages, births and deaths.

The film stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal and also features Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway. It is planned for release December 9th, 2005.

During filming it was reported Ledger almost broke Gyllenhaal's nose during a kissing scene, not from problematic fighting, but as it required them pulling each other close very quickly. It required many takes.

During the filming of the Fourth of July scenes in Fort Macleod the crew would get the extras pumped up by telling them to act like the Calgary Flames had just won the Stanley Cup.

Heath Ledger had a buff scene in which he jumped into a lake. The director intended to edit any actual frontal nudity out of the film, but a paparazzi photographer took photos of Ledger with a digital camera. The photos have appeared on the internet and in some press publications.

Some reports have it that director Ang Lee barred screenwriter Larry McMurtry from the set of the movie. A spokeswoman for Focus Features, which is producing it, commented: "Larry McMurtry can never go on sets because he's got very severe allergies." Larry McMurtry was in the midst of writing a novel when filming began and ended; no one barred him from the set - he was busy writing fiction. Diana Ossana is the co-writer of the screenplay and a producer, and she was on set during the entire filming.

It won the coveted Golden Lion at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival.

It has been reported that several major actors refused to audition for the film because of its frank depiction of a strong and scrupual relationship between two men.

The 62nd Venice International Film Festival - won "Golden Lion" (The Best Film Award)

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