Venice Film Festival awarded the best among twenty movies that competed with some outstanding and original film making.
The La Biennale di Venezia’s 73rd Venice Film Festival finally came to its end on Saturday night. The festival is closed with the award ceremony to the movies, director, actor and actress from all the competing movies.
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This year, 20 movies were competing in the coveted film festival. The award ceremony was held at the Palazzo del Cinema on the Lido.
The jury for this year headed by director Sam Mendes included documentarian Joshua Oppenheimer, actress Gemma Arterton, and musician, artist, and director Laurie Anderson.
The night’s biggest honor, the Golden Lion was awarded to The Woman Who Left from Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz. The movie was a black-and-white revenge drama about a schoolteacher's thirst for revenge and her feelings of forgiveness after 30 years in jail for a crime she did not commit.
The movie was not only the most honoured film in competition, but also the longest, clocking in at 3 hours and 46 minutes. Diaz accepted his award with the words, ‘This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle, for the struggle of humanity. Thank you, thank you so much.’
Tom Ford won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize for Nocturnal Animals. The Silver Lion Award for Best Director was a tie this year: Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky for Paradise and Mexican director Amat Escalante for movie The Untamed were the winners. The Special Jury Prize went to Ana Lily Amirpour’s cannibal thriller The Bad Batch.
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress went to Emma Stone for Damien Chazelle’s already-acclaimed Los Angeles musical La La Land. The award was called “Le Grandi Medaglie d’Oro dell’Associazione Nazionale Fascista dello Spettacolo” (the Great Gold Medals of the National Fascist Association for Entertainment). The Coppa Volpi for Best Actor went to the Argentinian actor Oscar Martinez for The Distinguished Citizen.
Golden Lion: The Woman Who Left, Lav Diaz
Grand Jury Prize: Nocturnal Animals, dir: Tom Ford
Silver Lion, Best Director: (TIE) Amat Escalante, La Region Salvaje & Andrei Konchalovsky, Paradise
Volpi Cup, Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Volpi Cup, Best Actor: Oscar Martinez, El Ciudadano Ilustre
Best Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim, Jackie
Special Jury Prize: The Bad Batch, dir: Ana Lily Amirpour
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Paula Beer, Frantz
Best Film: Liberami, dir: Federica Di Giacomo
Best Director: Fien Troch, Home
Special Jury Prize: Big Big World, dir: Reha Erdem
Best Actress: Ruth Diaz, The Fury Of A Patient Man
Best Actor: Nuno Lopes, Sao Jorge
Best Screenplay: Wang Bing, Bitter Money
Best Short Film: La Voz Perdida, dir: Marcelo Martinessi
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film: The Last Of Us, dir: Ala Eddine Slim
Best Restoration: Break-Up – The Man With The Balloons, dir: Marco Ferreri
Best Documentary on Cinema: Le Concours, dir: Claire Simon