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Saturday, September 12, 2015

72nd Venice Film Festival Award Winners


After a so-so festival, especially after day four, great surprises in the award ceremony make this edition of La Biennale quite outstanding for Latin American cinema and to films that critics did NOT predict as favorites to win accolades, which always is great as a very refreshing breeze.

But my emotion is more for who did the films that got top awards as Lorenzo Vigas has behind him some of the great Latin American filmmakers and now he absolutely deserves to be equal to them; besides in his film is one my very favorite Latin American actors that always give outstanding performances, Alfredo Castro. Then you have always GREAT Pablo Trapero winning the Silver Lion and Charlie Kaufman the Grand Jury Prize!

By the way it is the first time Venezuela competes in La Mostra, the first queer Golden Lion since Brokeback Mountain won in 2005 and the first Debut Feature-film since Lebanon won in 2009.

Now I wonder what the Queer Lion organizers could be thinking after a queer film wins the festival top award and is NOT the film they chose to honor with the specific LGTB award. Sigh.

Will try to find the few awards that still I'm missing and then post will be final.

Official Selection

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Golden Lion for Best Film: Desde Allá (From Afar), Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela and Mexico

Grand Jury Prize: Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA

Special Jury Prize: Abluka (Frenzy), Emin Alper, Turkey, France and Qatar

Silver Lion for Best Director: Pablo Trapero for El Clan, Argentina and Spain

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Valeria Golino in Per Amor Vostro, Giuseppe M. Gaudino, Italy and France
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Fabrice Luchini in L'Hermine (Courted), Christian Vincent, France
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actress or Actor: Abraham Attah in Beasts of No Nation, Cary Fukunaga, USA and Ghana

Best Screenplay: L'Hermine (Courted), Christian Vincent, France
Lion of the Future - Luigi de Laurentiis Award for Best Debut FilmThe Childhood of A Leader, Brady Corbet, UK, Hungary, Belgium and France

Orizzonti Awards

Best Film: Free In Deed, Jake Mahaffy, USA and New Zealand
Special Jury PrizeBoi Neon (Neon Bull), Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil, Uruguay and Netherlands
Best Director: Brady Corbet for The Childhood of A Leader, UK, Hungary, Belgium and France
Special Award for Best Actress or Actor: Dominique Leborne in Tempête, Samuel Collardey, France
Best Short Film: Belladona, Dubravka Turic, Coratia, 18'
Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards: E.T.E.R.N.I.T., Giovanni Aloi, France, 11'

Venezia Classici
Best Documentary: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin, Yves Montmayeur, France
Best Restored Film: Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy and France, 1975

Autonomous Sections

12th Giornate delgi Autori - Venice Days

Venice Days Award: Early Winter, Michael Rowe, Australia and Canada
Label Europa Cinemas: A peine j'ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes), Leyla Bouzid, France, Tunisia, UAE and Belgium

Premio Laguna SUD
Best Film: Lolo, Julie Delpy, France
Best Italian Discovery: Arriana, Carlo Lavagna, Italy

People's Choice Awards: A peine j'ouvre les yeux (As I Open My Eyes), Leyla Bouzid, France, Tunisia, UAE and Belgium

30th Settimana Internazionale Della Critica - Venice International Film Critics' Week
Pietro Barzisa Audience Award for Best Film: Tanna, Bentley Dean and Martin Butler, Australia and Vanuatu
Saturnia Prize – SIC 30 Special Award: Peter Mullan

Collateral Awards

FIPRESCI Awards
Best Film of Venezia72: Sangue del Mio Sangue (Blood of my Blood), Marco Bellocchio, Italy, France and Switzerland
Best Film of Autonomous/Collateral sections: چهارشنبه 19 اردیبهشت Chaharshanbe 19 Ordibeheshtt (Wednesday, May 9), Vahid Jalilvand, Iran (Orizzonti)

SIGNIS Award: 悲兮魔兽 Bei xi mo shou (Behemoth), Zhao Liang, China and France (documentary)
Special Mention: L'Atessa (The Wait), Piero Messina,  Italy and France

FEDEORA Awards (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean)
Venezia72 Best Film in Competition: Francofonia, Aleksandr Sokurov, France, Germany and Netherlands
Giornate degli Autori-Venice Days
Best Film: Underground Fragance, Pengfei, France and China
Best Director in a debut film: Ruchika Oberoi for Island City, India
Best Actress in a debut film: Ondina Quadri in Arriana, Carlo Lavagna, Italy
Settimana Internazionale della Critica
Best Film: Kalo Pothi (The Black Hen), Min Bahadur Bham, Nepal, France and Germany
Best Cinematography: Benthey Dean for Tanna, Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, Australia and Vanuatu

Arca CinemaGiovani Award
Best Film Venezia 72: Abluka (Frenzy), Emin Alper, Turkey, France and Qatar
Best Italian Film: Pecore in Erba, Alberto Caviglia, Italy

FEDIC Award: Non Essere Cattivo, Claudio Caligari, Italy
Special Mention: L'Atessa (The Wait), Piero Messina, Italy and France

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award:  Aleksandr Sokurov for Francofonia, France, Germany and Netherlands
Special Award to Johnny Depp and Terry Gillima

Francesco Pasinetti Awards
Best Film: Non Essere Cattivo, Claudio Caligari, Italy
Best Actors: Luca Marinellin and Alessandro Borghi in Non Essere Cattivo by Claudio Caligari, and Valeria Golino in Per Amor Vostro by Giuseppe Gaudino
Special Award-Best Film in Venice Days: La Prima Luce, Vicenzo Marra, Italy and Chile
Special Award- Best Actor in Venice Days: Riccardo Scamarcio in La Prima Luce, Vicenzo Marra, Italy and Chile

Future Film Festival Digital Award: Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA
Special Mention: Heart of a Dog, Laurie Anderson, USA

Online Critics Award
Mouse d'Oro for Best Film in Competition: רבין, היום האחרון Rabin, The Last Day, Amos Gitai, Israel and France
Mouse d'Argento for Best Film Out of Competition: Spotlight, Tom McCarthy, USA

Queer Lion: The Danish Girl, Tom Hooper, UK and USA
Special Mention: Baby Bump, Kuba Czekaj, Poland

Sorriso Diverso Venezia 2015 Award
Best Italian Film: Non Essere Cativo, Claudio Caligari, Italy
Best Film in a Foreign-LanguageBlanka, Kohki Hasei, Japan

Soundtrack Stars Award (tie)
A Bigger Splash, Luca Guadagnino, Italy and France
Equals, Drake Doremus, USA
Lifetime Achievement Award: Nicola Piovani

Young Jury Mediterranean Experiences Festival
Best Film from the Mediterranean Award
: L'Hermine, Christian Vincent, France
Special Mention:  רבין, היום האחרון Rabin, The Last Day, Amos Gitai, Israel and France

Young Jury Members of the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Awards
Best Film: Remember, Atom Egoyan, Canada and Germany
Special Mention: 11 Minut (11 Minutes), Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland and Ireland

Amnesty International Italia Il Cinema per i Dritti Umani Award:  Visaaranai (Interrogation), Vetri Maaran, India
AssoMusica "Ho visto una canzone" Award: to the song A Cuor Leggero by Riccardo Sinigallia in
Non Essere Cattivo, Claudio Caligari, Italy
Best Innovative Budget Award: A Bigger Splash, Luca Guadagnino, Italy and France
Brian Award: Spotlight, Tom McCarthy, USA
Cinema for Unicef: Beasts of No Nation, Cary Fukunaga, USA and Ghana
Civitas Vitae Award: Pecore in Erba, Alberto Caviglia, Italy
Gillo Pontecorvo - Arcobaleno Latino AwardNon Essere Cattivo, Claudio Caligary, Italy
Gianni Astrei Award: Non Essere Cattivo, Claudio Caligari, Italy
Green Drop Award: 悲兮魔兽 Bei xi mo shou (Behemoth), Zhao Liang, China and France (documentary)
Human Rights Nights Award:  רבין, היום האחרון Rabin, The Last Day, Amos Gitai, Israel and France
Interfilm Award:  چهارشنبه 19 اردیبهشت Chaharshanbe 19 Ordibeheshtt (Wednesday, May 9), Vahid Jalilvand, Iran
Lanterna Magica Award CGS: Blanka, Kohki Hasei, Japan
Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola Award: L'Attesa (The Wait), Piero Messina, Italy and France
Lina Mangiacapre Award:  Laurie Anderson for Heart of a Dog, USA
Nuovo IMAIE Talent Award: Ondina Quadri in Arianna, Carlo Lavagna, Italy and Alessandro Borghi in Non Essere Cattivo, Caludio Caligari, Italy
Open Award: Harry's Bar, Carlotta Cerquetti, Italy (documentary)
Padre Nazareno Taddei Award: Marguerite, Xavier Giannoli,  France, Czech Republic and Belgium
Schermi di Qualità – Carlo Mazzacurati Award: Non Essere Cattivo, Claudio Caligarri, Italy

Final Cut Awards (Post-production support)
Zaineb Takrahou Ethekj (Zaineb Hates the Snow), Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia
Ali Mea'za we Ibrahim (Ali, The Goat, and Ibrahim), Sherif Elbendary, Egypt
Tigmi Nigren (House in the Fields), Tala Hadid, Morocco

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Betrand Tavernier
Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award: Brian De Palma
Biennale Special Award: Arturo Ripstein
L'Oreal Paris per il Cinema Award: Valeria Bilello
Persol Visionary Award: Jonathan Demme

To read about some of the collateral awards go here and here.

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