VENICE, Italy (AP) _ Yugoslav director Emir Kusturica's ``Black Cat, White Cat,'' drew some of the longest applause Friday at the Venice Film Festival, making it a main candidate for the top Golden Lion award.

The colorful, surrealistic tale set in a Gypsy community along the Danube River was filmed outside Belgrade with amateur actors. The story of two families organizing a wedding is full of eccentric shots that are typically Kusturica.

``We can learn a lot from Gypsies,'' the director said Friday. ``They don't need weapons to be happy.''

Born in Sarajevo, Kusturica made the 1995 movie ``Underground'' about the Yugoslav war. It earned him a Golden Palm at Cannes.

Also in competition Friday was ``Hurlyburly'' by American director Anthony Drazan, with Chazz Palminteri, Kevin Spacey and Sean Penn.

The festival ends Sunday.