By Gaelle Moury
Dunique, powerful voices. Different fates. artistic proposals. Highlight of the return to cinema, the 79th edition of the Mostra delighted by the variety of its proposals, and by its desire to allow new stories to be presented and exhibited. Even if it has perhaps caused less crushes than in recent years. “This program is more varied than usual”, promised Alberto Barbera in the preamble to the festival. “It puts established directors alongside young talents who aspire to international recognition. What prevails is that the cinema still wants to try to explore paths of thought, the big themes and the big questions, the deep relationships that bind people to each other, the power of feelings and memory and the ability to push one’s gaze beyond the horizon of the present. »
And it is this difference, this exploration of new paths of thought that were fully favored by the jury, made up of Audrey Diwan (Golden Lion last year for The event), Leonardo Di Costanzo, Mariano Cohn, Rodrigo Sorogoyen, Leila Hatami and Kazuo Ishiguro, under the chairmanship of Julianne Moore. On the top step of the podium, All The Beauty And The Bloodshed by Laura Poitras, a radical documentary about photographer Nan Goldin and her fight against the Sackler family, who own the company selling OxyContin, a powerful painkiller causing addiction and death.
Also awarded, the Frenchwoman Alice Diop, Grand Jury Prize for Saint-Omer, one of the sensations of this Mostra. A film inspired by true events which tells the trial of a young woman of Senegalese origin who killed her child but claimed to be innocent. A stripped-down story, carried by the power of words and by the vision of its director.
If we hoped for it perhaps higher on the podium, the Iranian Jafar Panahi, imprisoned since July 11, receives the Special Jury Prize for No Bears, a film in which he reinvents cinema with intelligence and subtlety to question society and put his destiny into perspective. Luca Guadagnino (Call me by your name) goes away with the Silver Lion for Best Director for Bones and All, a teenage romance set in cannibalism. Martin McDonagh receives the Best Screenplay Award for The Banshees of Inisherin.
The rest of the prize list is deserved but not very adventurous. Two big stars have been awarded as actors: Cate Blanchett for her role as a tyrannical and tortured conductor in Tar of Todd Field, Colin Farrell for the tasty The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh (also best screenplay award) where he finds Brendan Gleeson. Obviously justified prices, but a prize list forgetting small nuggets like Monica by Andrea Pallaoro with the poignant and very accurate Trace Lysette (Transparent, Hustlers) in his first major role. And completely putting aside the films produced by Netflix, yet present in force this year with White Noise by Noah Baumbach bardo by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Blonde hair of Andrew Dominik (who would have deserved to distinguish himself) and Athena by Romain Gavras.
The main prizes on the list:
Golden Lion for Best Film All The Beauty And The Bloodshed by Laura Poitras
Grand Jury Prize Alice Diop for Saint Omer
Silver Lion for Best Director Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress Cate Blanchett for Tar by Todd Field
Best Screenplay Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin
of the jury No Bears by Jafar Panahi
“Marcello Mastroianni” Prize for Revelation Taylor Russell for Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino
Career Golden Lion Catherine Deneuve and Paul Schrader
Best Venice Immersive Experience (Virtual Reality)The Man Who Couldn’t Leave by Chen Singing
Premio Opera Prima “Luigi De Laurentiis” Saint Omer by Alice Diop
Orizzonti Award for Best FilmWorld War III by Houman Seyedi
Orizzonti Award for Best Director Vera by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Audience award for the Orizzonti extra sectionNezuh by Soudade Kaadan