VENICE: The Golden Lion for Best Film at the 72 Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September) went to Venezuelan director Lorenzo Vigas’ From Afar a story set in the run-down centre of Caracas.
It was a night of triumph for Latin America on the Lido with Argentinian director Pable Trapero picking up the Silver Lion for Best Director for his film The Clan and the Orizzonti Special Jury Prize going to Neon Bull by Brazil’s Gabriele Mascaro. The Special Jury Prize went to Turkish director Emin Alper for Frenzy, a film about modern-day Turkey with American films also picking up a number of awards.
The FIPRESCI international critics awarded their top prizes to Sangue del mio sangue (Italy, France, Switzerland) directed by Marco Bellocchio in the main competition and in the parallel sections to Wednesday, May 9 (Iran) Orizzonti directed by Vahid Jalilvand. In the FNE FIPRESCI Critics an online poll of the full Venice programme organised by FNE and FIPRESCI the highest rating in the mian competition went to Anomalisa (USA) directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson. The full poll can be found on the FNE website.
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The Venice Film Market headed by Pascal Diot marked its fourth year with a second successful edition of the European Gap Financing Market which presented 15 European projects which have secured at least 70% of their financial which is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA and the Venice Final Cut The Venice Film Market’s Final Cut in Venice workshop, which provides post-production support and partnership opportunities to films from Africa and the Arab world. Winners are listed below.
Another notable event during the Venice Film Festival was the screening of the LUX Prix of the European Parliament finalists. The First Vice-President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and the President of the Committee on Culture and Education, Silvia Costa, (Click HERE for FNE TV interview) announced the three films selected to contend for the 2015 LUX Film Prize: Mediterranea by Jonas Carpignano (Italy, United States, Germany, France, Qatar), Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France, Germany, Turkey, Qatar), and Urok (The Lesson) by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece) produced by Sofia based Abraxas Film.
Prize Winners of the 72nd Venice Film Festival:
Golden Lion for Best FilmFrom Afar (Venezuela)Directed by Lorenzo Vigas
Grand Jury PrizeAnomalisa (USA)Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
Silver Lion for Best DirectorThe Clan (Argentina, Spain)Directed by Pablo Trapero
Special Jury PrizeFrenzy (Turkey)Directed by Emin Alper
Volpi Cup for Best ActorFabrice Luchini for L'hermine (France)
Volpi Cup for Best ActressValeria Golino for Per amor vostro (Italy, France)
Marcello Mastroianni PrizeBeasts of No Nation (USA)Directed by Abraham Attah
Osella Award for Best ScreenplayChristian Vincent for L'hermine (France)
Lion of the Future - Laurentiis Prize for a First FilmThe Childhood of a Leader (United Kingdom, Hungary, Belgium, France)Directed by Brady Corbet
Best FilmFree in Deed (USA, New Zealand)Directed by Jake Mahaffy
Best DirectorBrady Corbet for The Childhood of a Leader (United Kingdom, Hungary, Belgium, France)
Special Jury Prize:Neon Bull (Brazil, Uruguay, Netherlands )Directed by Gabriele Mascaro
Best ActingDominique Leborne for Tempête (France)
Best Short FilmBelladonna (Croatia) directed Dubravka Toric
Venice Days Best FilmUnderground Fragrance (France, China)Directed by Pengfei
Best Young DirectorRuchika Oberoi for Island City (India)
Best Young ActressOndina Quadri For Arianna (Italy)
Settimana Della Critica – Critics’ Week
Best FilmKalo Pothi/ The Black Hen (Nepal, France, Germany)Directed by Min Bahadur Bham
Best DoP (Australia, Vanuatu)Benthey Dean for Tanna
FIPRESCI International Critics Awards Best film in CompetitionSangue del mio sangue (Italy, France, Switzerland)Directed by Marco BellocchioBest film in Parallel SectionsWednesday, May 9 (Iran) OrizzontiDirected by Vahid Jalilvand
FEDEORA AwardsBest European Film in CompetitionFrancofonia (France, Germany, Netherlands)Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
SIGNIS Award Beixi moshuo (Behemoth) (China, France)Directed by Liang ZhaoSpecial MentionL’attesa (Italy, France)Directed by Piero Messina Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola per il Cinema AwardL’attesa (Italy, France)Directed by Piero Messina Francesco Pasinetti AwardNon essere cattivo (Italy, FranceDirected by Claudio CaligariBest Actor awardLuca Marinelli for the film Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari Best Actress awardValeria Golino for the film Per amor vostro by Giuseppe M. GaudinoSpecial awardLa prima luce (Italy, Chile) by Vincenzo Marra Brian AwardSpotlightDirected by Thomas McCarthy Queer Lion Award The Danish Girl (USA)Directed by Tom HooperSpecial MentionBaby Bump (Poland)Directed by Kuba Czekaj Arca CinemaGiovani AwardBest film of Venezia 72Abluka (Frenzy) (Turkey)Directed by Emin AlperBest Italian filmPecore in erba Directed by Alberto Caviglia FEDIC AwardNon essere cattivo (Italy, France)Directed by Claudio CaligariSpecial Mention “Fedic – Il Giornale del Cibo”L’attesa (Italy, France) Directed by by Piero Messina Fondazione Mimmo Rotella AwardFrancofonia (France, Germany, Netherlands)Directed by Aleksandr SokurovSpecial Award to Johnny Depp and to the director Terry Gilliam Future Film Festival Digital AwardAnomalisa (USA)Directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson
P. Nazareno Taddei Award Marguerite (France, Czech Republic, Belguim) Directed by Xavier Giannoli Coproduction: Sirena Film
Lanterna Magica (CGS) Award Blanka (Japan, Italy) Directed by Kohki Hasei
Open Award Harry’s Bar (Italy) Directed by Carlotta Cerquetti
Lina Mangiacapre Award Heart of a Dog (USA) Directed by Laurie Anderson
Mouse d'Oro Award Mouse d’oro for the best film of Venezia 72: Rabin, The Last Day (Israel, France) Directed by Amos Gitai
Mouse d’argento for the best Out of Competition film to Spotlight by Tom McCarthy Gillo Pontecorvo - Arcobaleno Latino Award Non essere cattivo (Italy) Directed by Claudio Caligari
INTERFILM Award Wednesday, May 9 (Iran) Directed by Vahid Jalilvand
Young Jury Members of the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award Remember (Canada, Germany) Directed by Atom Egoyam
Special Mention 11 minut (11 Minutes) (Poland, Ireland) Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
“Civitas Vitae prossima” Award Alberto Caviglia for the film Pecore in erba (Italy)
Green Drop Award Beixi moshuo (Behemoth) (China, France) Directed by Liang Zhao
Soundtrack Stars AwardA Bigger Splash (Italy,France) Directed by Luca Guadagnino to Equals (USA) Directed by Drake Doremus Award for lifetime achievement to Nicola Piovani
Schermi di Qualità – Carlo Mazzacurati AwardNon essere cattivo (Italy) Directed by Claudio Caligari
Europa Cinemas Label Award Best European Movie from the Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days À peine j’ouvre lese yeux/ As I Open my Eyes (France, Tunisia, Belguim, UAE) Directed by Leyla Bouzid
Venezia 72 Award for Best Euro-Mediterranean film Francofonia (France, Germany, Netherlands) Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
Human Rights Nights Award Rabin, The Last Day (Israel, France) Directed by Amos Gitai
AssoMusica “Ho visto una Canzone” Award to the song “A cuor leggero” by Riccardo Sinigallia, from the film Non Essere Cattivo (Italy) by Claudio Caligari.
“Sorriso diverso Venezia 2015” Award
Best Italian film to Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari Best film in a foreign language to Blanka (Japan, Italy) by Kohki Hasei Amnesty International Italia “ Il cinema per i diritti umani” Award Interrogation (India) Directed by Vetri Maaran
CITC – UNESCO 2015 Award Beasts of No Nation (USA) Directed by Cary Fukunaga
NuovoImaie Talent Award Best actress in a debut film: Ondina Quadri in the film Arianna by Carlo Lavagna Best Italian actor in a debut film: Alessandro Borghi in the film Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari
Best Innovative Budget Award A Bigger Splash (Italy, France) Directed by Luca Guadagnino
Venice Film Market Final Cut Winners: Zaineb Hates the Snow (Tunisia) by Kaouther Ben Hania Separation (Iraq) by Hakar Abdulqadir Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim (Egypt) by Sherif Elbendary House in the Fields (Morocco) by Tala Hadid