In a rare victory for documentary cinema at a major film festival, documentary director Laura Poitras won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival for All Beauty and Bloodshed — her third consecutive female director to receive the award at Lido, following recent wins by Chloe Chao and Audrey Dewan. In doing so, he beat such well-known directors as Martin Donagh, Luca Guadagnino, Alice Diop and Jaafar Panahi, who in turn received awards from the jury led by actress Julianne Moore.
Poitras won an Academy Award in 2015 for the documentary Citizenfour, and Poitras won among the best reviews at the festival for her eye-opening portrait of photographer Nan Goldin, which Variety’s Owen Gleiberman described as “deep and heartwarming,” praising it on two elements – Goldin’s art and activism. Show how the two relate to each other in very expressive ways. The award comes as a welcome boost to the premiere of Neon, a formidable contender for next year’s documentary Oscar, Variety notes.
Despite all this happiness, Poitras was not considered—nevertheless—for the Golden Lion, as it became the first documentary since Gianfranco Rosi’s 2013 film Sacro GRI to make it happen, Variety wrote. Others, Tarr’s critical favorite to Todd Field and Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, were written more during the festival, while local Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s film tended to triumph in a gesture of political solidarity, with his film, No Bears, writing the aforementioned publication.
Moore’s jury evaluated the relative anonymity of the Golden Lion winner versus the prestige of the actors behind the acting awards. Cate Blanchett takes home Best Actress with ferocious ‘work tour’ in Tarr (picture), played the conductor of the orchestra in the study of the difficult character, which impressed the jury with her “magnetic tendency” in this role. We can expect Blanchett’s win in Venice – the actress’s second win, 15 years after her role as Bobby Dylan in I’m Not There – to be the first of many awards for the Australian actress this awards season.
Instead, the Best Actor award went to a beloved star who wasn’t a regular presence in awards season: Colin Farrell, as an Irishman devastated by his breakup with his best friend, in McDonagh’s dark comedy — which earned the playwright the acclaim. The director won his second screenplay award in Venice after winning the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Award in Missouri five years ago. It’s a welcome drive for the Searchlight-produced film, Variety wrote, as Farrell faces more competition from Brendan Fraser in The Whale and Hugh Jackman in The Son, among others.
Variety’s review, describing Farrell’s role as ‘endearing’, states that the star has ‘never looked more boyish, and his wide smile has never been more hopeful or eager to please…’
On the other hand, when the cannibal romance Bones and All premiered on Lido, it was lead man Timothee Chalamet who drew audiences with his presence on the red carpet, even though co-star Taylro Russell and Guadagnino himself were the film’s weight bearers. . Guadagnino took home the Best Director award, while Russell took home the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor at the festival – an award that, over time, has also been given to talents like Jennifer Lawrence and Gael Garcia Bernal at the start of each. Careers. Film critic Owen Gilberman, while not loving the film, had words of praise for the actor’s “expressive grief.”
The Grand Jury Prize – runner-up to the Golden Lion – was awarded to French-Senegalese director Alice Diop for the court drama Saint Omer, which Variety critic Jessica Kiang described as “an extraordinarily stern and multifaceted debut”. Diop broke the ice on the festival circuit with her documentary, We. The film, which was inspired by the true case of a black woman who confessed to killing her child, earned him a Luigi De Laurentiis Diop Award.
Jafar Panahi, who is absent due to imprisonment in his homeland, won a special jury award as well as plaudits for No Bears, the latest in a series of several secretly produced films for which he was sentenced in July to six years in prison in Iran. . The festival awards could do more to fight the persecution of directors, according to Variety.
In other sections of the festival, Iranian director Homan Seydi received the grand prize in the Horizons section for his anti-totalitarian drama, World War III, which also won an award for lead actor Mohsen Tanabandeh. Canadian director Graham Foy leads the winners of Venice Days in his debut The Maiden, a teenage tragedy with soulful undertones, while Critics’ Week bestowed first prize on Austrian director David Wagner for his first feature film Eismayer, an intimate portrait of a gay army sergeant.