VENICE: A jury headed by Bernardo Bertolucci awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 70 Venice Film Festival to the Italian documentary Sacro Gra directed by Gianfranco Rosi. Rosi spent two years in a minivan filming on and around the GRA, Rome’s giant ring road, and the result is an extraordinary contemporary portrait of Roman life and its fringes.
While the festival attracted its usual quota of international stars like George Clooney and Nicholas Cage it was undoubtedly the surprise appearance of former Polish president and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa that stole the show this year. Walesa turned up for the world premier of the biopic Walesa, Man of Hope, directed by Polish director Andrzej Wajda who was also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award by the festival. Displaying his legendary charisma, Walesa charmed the media and the crowds. The film charts how he rose from a simple blue-collar worker to become a national hero and international statesman. Walesa said that it might be time for him to start another revolution.
Bulgarian director Milko Lazarov for Alienation was awarded the best director of a debut by the FEDEORA critics association as well a scoring a special mention from the Europa Cinemas Label. FEDEORA critics also awarded Slovenian director Rok Bicek’s Class Enemy as Best Film in the of the Venice International Film Critics Week
List of Venice Film Festival Prize Winners
VENEZIA 70: Main competition.
GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:SACRO GRA by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy, France)
.SILVER LION for Best Director to:Alexandros Avranas for the film MISS VIOLENCE (Greece) GRAND JURY PRIZE to:JIAOYOU by Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese Taipei, France) COPPA VOLPIfor Best Actor:Themis Panouin the film MISS VIOLENCE by Alexandros Avranas (Greece) COPPA VOLPIfor Best Actress:Elena Cottain the film VIA CASTELLANA BANDIERA by Emma Dante (Italy, Switzerland, France) MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARDfor Best Young Actor or Actress to:Tye Sheridanin the film JOE by David Gordon Green (US) AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:Steve Coogan and Jeff Popefor the film PHILOMENA by Stephen Frears (United Kingdom) SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:DIE FRAU DES POLIZISTEN by Philip Gröning (Germany)
LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM WHITE SHADOW by Noaz Deshe(Italy, Germany, Tanzania)VENICE INTERNATIONAL FILM CRITICS’ WEEK ORIZZONTI AWARDS ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:EASTERN BOYS by Robin Campillo (France) ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:Uberto Pasolini for the film STILL LIFE (United Kingdom, Italy) SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:RUIN by Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Australia) SPECIAL ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE CONTENT to:MAHI VA GORBEH by Shahram Mokri (Iran) ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:KUSH by Shubhashish Bhutiani (India) VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARDS VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER by Gabe Klinger (US, Portugal, France) VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:LA PROPRIETÀ NON È PIÙ UN FURTO by Elio Petri (Italy, France) EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2013 - EFA AWARD to:HOUSES WITH SMALL WINDOWS by Bülent Öztürk (Belgium) GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2013William Friedkin JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKEREttore Scola PERSOL AWARDAndrzej WajdaWalesa Man of Hope OUT OF COMPETITIONDirected by Andrzej WajdaProduced by Akson StudioCoproduced by Canal + Polska, Telewizja Polska, Telekomunikacja PolskaSupported by the Polish Film Institute.
L’ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA AWARDEugenia Costantini
Collateral Awards of the Festival
FIPRESCI AwardBest Film of Venezia 70 to Tom à la ferme by Xavier DolanBest Film of Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week to The Reunion (Återträffen) by Anna Odell SIGNIS Awardto Philomena by Stephen FrearsSpecial Mention to Ana Arabia by Amos Gitai Leoncino d'Oro Agiscuola per il Cinema Awardto Sacro GRA by Gianfranco RosiCinema for UNICEF mention to Philomena by Stephen Frears Francesco Pasinetti AwardsBest film to Still Life by Uberto PasoliniBest actors to Elena Cotta, Alba Rohrwacher, Antonio AlbaneseSpecial Mention to Maria Rosaria Omaggio in the movie Walesa. Man of HopeSpecial Mention to Il terzo tempo by Enrico Maria Artale Brian Awardto Philomena by Stephen FrearsQueer Lion Award to Philomena by Stephen Frears Arca CinemaGiovani AwardBest Film of Venezia 70 to Miss Violence by Alexandros AvranasBest Italian film to L'Arte della Felicità by Alessandro Rak CICT - UNESCO “Enrico Fulchignoni” Awardto At Berkeley by Frederick Wiseman Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Awardto Joe by David Gordon Green CICAE - Cinema d’Arte e d’Essai Awardto Still Life by Uberto Pasolini FEDIC Awardto Zoran, il mio nipote scemo by Matteo Oleotto Special Mention to L’arte della felicità by Alessandro Rak Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Awardto L’ intrepido by Gianni Amelio Future Film Festival Digital Awardto Gravity by Alfonso CuarónSpecial Mention to The Zero Theorem by Terry Gilliam P. Nazareno Taddei Awardto Philomena by Stephen Frears Lanterna Magica (CGS) Awardto L’intrepido by Gianni Amelio Open Awardto Serena Nono, for the movie Venezia salva Lina Mangiacapre Awardto Via Castellana Bandiera by Emma DanteSpecial Mention Traitors by Sean Gulletteand to the Femen’s activists of Ukraina Ne Bordel by Kitty Green Mouse d'Oro AwardMouse d'oro for the best film of Venezia 70: Philomena by Stephen FrearsMouse d'argento for the best out of competition film: At Berkeley di Frederick WisemanSpecial Mention Mouse d’Oro to Jiaoyou (Stray Dogs) by Tsai Ming-liangSpecial Mention Mouse d’Argento to Die andere heimat – Cronik einer sehnsucht by Edgar Reitz. UK-ITALY Creative Industries Award – Best Innovative Budgetto Il terzo tempo by Enrico Maria ArtaleMedeas by Andrea PallaoroKush by Shubhashish Bhutiani Gillo Pontecorvo Award – Arcobaleno LatinoBest romance language movie to Con il fiato sospeso by Costanza QuatriglioGillo Pontecorvo Award – Arte e Industria to Walter Veltroni Young Jury Members of the Vittorio Veneto Film Festivalto Philomena by Stephen FrearsSpecial Mention for a debut film to Via Castellana Bandiera “Civitas Vitae prossima” Awardto Still Life by Uberto Pasolini Green Drop Awardto Ana Arabia by Amos Gitai Soundtrack Stars AwardBest Soundtrack Award to Via Castellana Bandiera by Emma DanteSpecial Mention for Best Contemporary Actor to Ryuchi Sakamoto Schermi di Qualità Awardto Zoran, il mio nipote scemo by Matteo Oleotto Ambiente WWF Awardto Amazonia by Thierry Ragobert RaroVideo – International Critics’ Week Awardto Zoran, il mio nipote scemo by Matteo Oleotto Europa Cinemas Label AwardBest European Movie from the Giornate degli Autori – Venice Days to La belle vie by Jean DenizotSpecial Mention to: Alienation by Milko Lazarov Fedeora AwardsGiornate degli Autori – Venice DaysBest Film: Bethlehem by Yuval AdlerBest director of a debut film to Milko Lazarov for AlienationAlienation (Bulgaria) VENICE DAYSDirected by Milko LazarovProduced by Bulgarian National Television Supported by Bulgarian National Film Centre
Special Mention to La belle vie by Jean Denizot Settimana Internazionale della Critica – Venice International Film Critics WeekBest Film: Class Enemy by Rok BicekClass Enemy (Slovenia) CRITICS’WEEKDirected by Rok BicekProduced by Triglav Film Coproduced by StaragaraSupported by the Slovenian Film Centre
Award for Best Cinematography: Inti Briones for Las Niñas Quispe by Sebastián SepúlvedaSpecial Mention to Giuseppe Battiston, actor in the movie Zoran, il mio nipote scemo by Matteo OleottoSpecial Mention to Anna Odell for complete author’s work in the film The Reunion Venezia 70Award for Best Euro-Mediterranean film: Miss Violence by Alexandros Avranas Bianchi Awardto Enzo d’Aló INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogueto Philomena by Stephen Frears