The jury of the 79th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Julianne Moore, awarded the Golden Lion on Saturday evening to “All the Beauty and Bloodshed” by the American Laura Poitras. A wonderful documentary that brilliantly brings together the life and work of New York photographer Nan Goldin and her fight against the Sacklers, responsible for the opioid crisis in the United States. By attacking where it hurts: the philanthropy of this wealthy American family.
It is another director who wins the jury’s grand prize, totally deserved, for the magnificent “Saint-Omer”in which the Frenchwoman Alice Diop returns to the trial of a young woman accused of infanticide.
The award for best actress to Cate Blanchett is obvious – if not original – as the Australian is impressive as a star conductor whose life switches to the very interesting “Tár” by Todd Field.
On the best actor side, the jury rewarded the excellent Colin Farrell, dividing the duo he forms with Brendan Gleeson in “The Banshees of Inishirin” by Martin McDonagh. The British filmmaker of Irish origin also won the prize for best screenplay for this irresistibly funny and deep comedy.
Two prizes also for the brilliant cannibal romance “Bones and All”: that of the best director for the Italian Luca Guadagnino and the Mastroianni prize for the best young hope, awarded to Taylor Russell. The Canadian responds perfectly to Timothée Chalamet.
the Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi wins a special jury prize for his courageous “No Bears”, where he portrays his condition as an Iranian filmmaker prevented by the regime from working freely.
A regret of this beautiful prize list at the end of a great edition, the forgetting of “Chiara”, incredible biography of Saint Clare of Assisi signed by the Italian Susanna Nicchiarelli. The jury purposely ignored all four Netflix films, including the highly acclaimed ” Blonde hair “by Andrew Dominik, with Ana de Armas as the incredible Marilyn.
Golden Lion for Best Film: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” by Laura Poitras (USA)
Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize and Future Lion – Best First Work: “Saint-Omer” by Alice Diop (France)
Silver Lion – Best Achievement Award: the Italian Luca Guadagnino for “Bones and all”
Best Actress Award: Australian Cate Blanchett for her role in Todd Field’s “Tàr”
Best Actor Award: Irishman Colin Farrell for his role in Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin”
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Male or Female Hope: actress Taylor Russell for her role in “Bones and all” by Luca Guadagnino
Special Jury Prize: “Bears don’t exist” by Jafar Panahi (Iran)
Best Screenplay Award: “The Banshees of Inisherin” by Irishman Martin McDonagh