Saturday, September 11, 2010

67th Venice International Film Festival Awards Winners

In what I perceive as a very 'conventional' award ceremony the Jury honored some (exactly One) movie that definitively I don't agree even if have only seen the trailer but know quite well the director's style and filmography. Still it should not be a surprise as this is the fest that in a previous edition gave the Golden Lion to The Wrestler.

Here are the winners.

Main Competition

Golden Lion: Somewhere, Sofia Coppola, USA

Jury Special Award: Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, Norway, Hungary, and Ireland

Silver Lion for Best Director: Alex de la Iglesia for Balada Triste de Trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Balad), Spain and France

Copa Volpi for Best Actress: Ariane Labed in Attenberg, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Greece
Copa Volpi for Best Actor: Vincent Gallo in Essential Killing, Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland, Norway, Hungary, and Ireland
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Rising Star: Mila Kunis in Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky, USA

Osella for Best Screenplay: Balada Triste de Trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Balad), Alex de la Iglesia, Spain and France
Osella for Best Cinematography: Ovsyanki Овсянки (Silent Souls), Aleksei Fedorchenko, Russia

Special Lion for His Career: Monte Hellman

Luigi de Laurentiis Award for Best First Film: Cogunluk (Majority), Seren Yüce, Turkey

To read the awards announcement in Italian go here and in English here.

Collateral Awards

FIPRESCI Award Main Competition: Ovsyanki Овсянки (Silent Souls), Aleksei Fedorchenko, Russia
FIPRESCI Award Sidebar Sections: El Sicario Room 164 by Gianfranco Rosi, France and Italy (documentary from Orizzonti)

SIGNIS Award: Meek's Cutoff, Kelly Reichardt, USA
CICAE Award: La Belle Endormie, Catherine Breillat, France

There are many more collateral awards that you can check in Italian here and in English here.


Gran Premio Orizzonti: El Verano de Goliat by Nicolás Pereda ,Mexico and Canada

Jury Award: The Forgotten Space by Noël Burch and Allan Sekula, Netherlands and Austria (documentary)

Medium-Length Film: Tse (Out) by Roee Rosen, Israel, 34'
Special Mention: Jean Gentil, Israel Cardenas and Amelia Laura Guzman, Dominican Republic

Short Film
: Coming Attractions, Peter Tscherkassky, Austria
Short Film nominated for the European Film Awards: The External World, David Oreilly, Germany

To read announcement at the official site in Italian go here and in English go here.

So this is it for this year with a festival that I found to have too many Italian movies (more than half) but was very diverse with films for almost all viewers tastes. Some are sad as ended too soon, some are disappoint that couldn't watch but a few films, some were surprised to find that people in this fest actually are there to watch the movies, and some were counting the days to go to Toronto's fest that has more parties, more glamor and more show business... American style.

Me, I had a great time really learning and sharing about the films in this fest as is only when you do a daily coverage that you really learn much about each film. But I'm exhausted and won't be doing this again until next May with the mother of all festivals like I call Cannes.

Arrivederci, ci vediamo nel 2011.

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