27 August 1997 Three Golden Lions for lifetime achievement were awarded to: Gerard Depardieu, Alida Valli and Stanley Kubrick. Michelangelo Antonioni received a replacement for the Golden Lion that was awarded to *Deserto Rosso*/Red Desert* in 1964 and which was stolen. This year's jury is composed of: Jane Campion, president (director, New Zealand) Ron Bass (screenwriter, USA) Vera Belmont (director and producer, France) Peter Buchka (film critic, Germany) Nana Djordjadze (director, Georgia) Idrissa Ouedraogo (director, Burkina Faso) Charlotte Rampling (actor, Great Britain) Francesco Rosi (director, Italy) Shjnya Tsukamoto (director, Japan) Today's films: Besides the already mentioned *Deconstructing Harry,* which came to the festival with a "companion piece" *Wild Man Blues* by Barbara Kopple (a documentary the band in which Allen plays), *Four Little Girls* (Spike Lee) was shown, and *Strawberry Fields* (Rea Tajiri). *Strawberry Fields,* a reference to the camps in California in which Japanese immigrants worked as farmers prior to WWII, examines the search for identity of Irene, a 16 year old Japanese-American girl during the Seventies. Irene is haunted by the recent death of her sister and finds no comfort in a repressive home life, where her parents deny their painful memories of WWII internment camps. Irene thus travels cross country searching for her family past. I met Rea Tajiri and Suzy Nakamura (the actor playing Irene) on the boat that took me from the Lido (where the festival takes place) to Venice. Tajiri is a young independent filmmaker based in New York and the showing at the festival (in a section called *Officina Veneziana*/*Venetian Workshop) was the first major break of her career, with *Strawberry Fields* being her first feature film. I think this film is an important document which deserves to be shown in classrooms because it presents a seldom seen perspective on an important chapter in American history. I have Ms. Tajiri's e-mail address and the address of her production company, should anybody wish to contact her. Gloria Monti ---- Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the University of Alabama.