The winners at the 78th Venice Film Festival

The 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival concluded and theFrench-Lebanese filmmaker Audrey Diwan has become the sixth female director to win the Golden Lion, with her 1963-set abortion drama L’Evénement (Happening). Chloé Zhao took last year’s Lion with Nomadland.

An emotional Diwan said Saturday: “I did this movie with anger. I did it with desire, also my heart and my head. I wanted Happening to be an experience, a journey in the skin of this young woman.”

The Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize as well as the Marcello Mastroianni Award Best New Young Actor or Actress (Filippo Scotti) went to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God.

Penélope Cruz won the Volpi Cup Best Actress prize for Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers and Jane Campion won best director for Power of the Dog.

The jury was presided by Oscar winner, Bong Joon-ho.

Venice Film Festival Winner List:

Golden Lion for Best Film

Happening, dir. Audrey Diwan

Grand Jury Prize

The Hand of God, dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Best Director

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best Actor

John Arcilla, On The Job: The Missing 8

Best Actress

Penelope Cruz, Parallel Mothers

Best Screenplay

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Lost Daughter

Best Young Actor

Filippo Scotti, The Hand of God

Special Jury Prize

Il Buco, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino

Lion of the Future for Best Debut Film

Imaculat, dirs. Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark


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Best Film

Pilgrims, dir. Laurynas Bareisa

Best Director

Eric Gravel, Full Time

Special Jury Prize

The Great Movement dir. Kiro Russo

Best Actor

Piseth Chhun, White Building

Best Actress

Laure Calamy, Full Time

Best Screenplay

Peter Kerekes and Ivan Ostrochovsky, 107 Mothers

Best Short Film

Los huesos, dirs. Cristobal Leon, Joaquin Cocina

Audience Award Presented By Armani Beauty

The Blind Man Who Didn’t Want to See Titanic, dir. Teemu Nikki


Venice VR Expanded

Best VR Story

End of Night, dir. David Adler

Best VR Experience

Le bal de Paris, dir. Blanca Lee

Best VR Work

Stanley Berenboom

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