At the end of a 78th edition which will have marked strong emotions, the Venice Film Festival unveiled its prize list, in which exceptional portraits of women stood out.
A magnificent return to cinema
Open on Wednesday September 1, the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival concludes after ten days during which the best that cinema can offer has been presented. Great recognized filmmakers, revelations, surprises and confirmations, between the official competition and the parallel sections, all genres. All emotions were at the party, with great spectacle and a remarkable presence of stories and female characters.
Of Madres Paralelas from Pedro Almodovar to The event by Audrey Diwan, through The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion and Lost illusions by Xavier Giannoli, Spencer by Pablo Larrain, The Card Counter by Paul Schrader and He Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino, without forgetting the out-of-competition presentations by The Last Duel by Ridley Scott, Dune by Denis Villeneuve and Halloween kills by David Gordon Green, the 2021 Venice Film Festival went beyond its promises.
This year’s jury was made up of filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, president of the jury, director Saverio Costanzo, actresses Virginie Efira, Cynthia Erivo and Sarah Gadon, director Alexander Nanau and director Chloe Zhao. He delivered his verdict and the winners have been revealed.
Winners of the 78th Venice Film Festival
The most prestigious award of the Venice Film Festival goes, after unanimous decision of the jury, to THE‘Event by Audrey Diwan, a unique staging for a moving story of an abortion in the 1960s in France, adapted from the novel by Annie Ernaux. This is Audrey Diwan’s second film, and the one that created the most sensation of this edition. After Titanium by Julia Ducournau at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, another French director won the highest distinction.
Grand Jury Prize
It is Paolo Sorrentino, author and director of The Hand of God, personal story about a Neapolitan youth, the awakening to love and cinema, which leaves with the Grand Prix du Jury.
Silver Lion for Best Director
For the brilliant staging of her western-style family drama, the director Jane Campion receives the Silver Lion for Best Director for The Power of the Dog (our review here).
Volpi Cup for Best Female Interpretation
Actress and superstar Penelope Cruz honored for her life-changing performance in the film Madres Paralelas of “his” director and very loyal collaborator Pedro Almodovar.
Volpi Cup for Best Male Interpretation
Filipino actor John Arcilla is honored by the festival jury for his role in the film On the Job 2: The Missing 8.
Best Screenplay Award
This is the movie The Lost Daughter, first production by Maggie Gyllenhaal, who won the prize for best screenplay for this edition of the Venice Film Festival. A screenplay written by Maggie Gyllenhaal and based on the work of Elena Ferrante (our review here).
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Most Promising Actor
He is the young actor of God’s hand by Paolo Sorrentino, Filippo Scotti, who receives the distinction for the best hope.
Special Jury Prize
The jury of the Venice Film Festival has decided to disitng He Buco, Italian film directed by Michelangelo Frammartino.
Note also that Laure Calamy received the Prize for the female interpretation of the jury of the Orizzonti selection for his performance in Full time by Eric Gravel. This one also receives the Best Director Award from the same selection.