Venice 79, the grand finale with the Golden Lion for the documentary on Nan Goldin

Venice 79, the grand finale with the Golden Lion for the documentary on Nan Goldin

The 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival ended with the award ceremony which was held on 10 September in the Sala Grande of the Lido. The jury, chaired by Julianne Moore It’s composed by Mariano Cohn, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Audrey Diwan, Leila Hatami, Kazuo Ishiguro And Rodrigo Sorogoyen he viewed 23 films in competition to award prizes in the various categories.

Italian films had little space in the shortlist of winners. Only exception for Bones and All from Luca Guadagnino which won for best direction and the Marcello Mastroianni award for the interpretation of the young actress Taylor Russell; and the 2022 Francesco Pasinetti Award to film Drought from Paolo Virzìawarded by the Italian Film Journalists.


The Golden Lion for Best Film went to All the Beauty and the Bloodshedthe documentary by Laura Poitras focused on the life of the internationally renowned photographer and activist artist Nan Goldinat the forefront of the fight against the family Sacklerowner of the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma, believed to be responsible for the opioid epidemic in the United States.

The Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize went to Saint Omer from Alice Diop, a first work drama that chronicles the process of Laurence Colya young woman accused of killing her 15-month-old daughter after abandoning her on the shore of a beach in northern France.

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Difficult to resist the charm of the Irish landscape of The Banshees of Inisherin which tells the end of a long-standing friendship between two characters, masterfully played by Colin Farrell And Brendan Gleeson. The film will be released in Italian cinemas on February 2, 2023 with the title The Spirits of the Island and deserved the award for the best screenplay a Martin McDonagh who is also the director of the film and the Coppa Volpi as best actor to Farrell who here confirms his talent with an ironic, pungent and natural interpretation that hypnotizes from start to finish.

Best actress of Venice 79 is instead Cate Blanchett for his role in Tàr from Todd Field. You have studied a lot to play the role of a famous Berlin conductor, working not only on the expressiveness of her face but also on her body language, giving the film authenticity and intensity. The Jury Prize went to No Bears from Jafar Panahialso to send a message of solidarity to the director stuck in Iran who had the courage to make a film about the desire to flee his country as opposed to the idea of ​​staying to fight and hope for a different, better future.

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For the Horizons section the Jury chaired by Isabel Coixet It’s composed by Laura Bispuri, Antonio Campos, Sofia Djama And Edouard Waintrophas awarded as many awards including best film for World War III from Jang-e Janahi Sevom of which he also won Moshen Tanabandeh as best actor.

Tizza Covi And Rainer Frimmel they won for Best Direction of Verathe mokumentary that combines reality and fiction to outline a sincere and exciting portrait of Vera Gemma, daughter of the famous spaghetti western actor Giuliano Gemma. Opening the doors of his memories, experiences and fragility Vera Gemma she won the award for best actress in a film that reflects on the controversy of being a daughter of art perpetually in the shadow of a parent who is acclaimed and recognized by all as a star.

This edition encountered some hitches in the organization such as the system for booking seats in the hall for accredited persons which presented some malfunctions that did not make the job easy. Star more or less available, some distant also for fear of Covid, like Hugh Jackman who warned that he did not want to sign autographs but only greeted and posed for photos and videos without getting too close to the fans. Beautiful films, others less so.

Parties, controversies, murderous air conditioning between Sala Perla, Darsena and Sala Grande … in short, normal administration. However, the Venice Film Festival remains an opportunity to celebrate cinema as an art form at a time when its future in the cinema is doubted and needs to be supported without hesitation. The dream factory must continue to live on the big screen.

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