Documentary film Sacro GRA wins big at the 70th Venice Film Festival

G. Rosi wins the Golden Lion for Best Film for the 70th Venice Film Festival

The Italian film Sacro GRA by director Gianfranco Rosi, a documentary about life along the highway that circles Rome won the Golden Lion for best film at the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival on 7 September. Oscar-winning director Bernardo Bertolucci headed the nine-member jury that screened 20 movies in competition.

It was a historic win for Rosi, as a documentary film took home the festival’s main prize. Moreover, It was the first time an Italian film has won the top prize at Venice in 15 years, when Gianni Amelio won for “The Way We Laughed” in 1998.

The Silver Lion for best director went to Alexandros Avranas of Greece for “Miss Violence,” a look at sexual violence and abuse perpetrated by a grandfather, played by Greek actor Themis Panou. Panou was awarded best actor for his performance in the film.

Other big winners include, Italian actress Elena Cotta who won Best actress in director Emma Dante’s A Street in Palermo, a film about two women blocked in a standoff when their cars meet on a very narrow street – now words were uttered but used facial expressions to portray emotions throughout the film.

The Grand Jury Prize went to Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs. Philomena won best screenplay for Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and The Special Jury Prize went to German director Philip Groening’s The Police Officer’s Wife.

G. Rosi wins the Golden Lion for Best Film for the 70th Venice Film Festival
G. Rosi wins the Golden Lion for Best Film for the 70th Venice Film Festival
A. Avranas wins Silver Lion for Best Director at the 70th Venice Film Festival
A. Avranas wins Silver Lion for Best Director at the 70th Venice Film Festival
T. Panou wins Best Actor at the 70th Venice Film festival
T. Panou wins Best Actor at the 70th Venice Film festival
E. Cotta wins Best Actress at the 70th Venice Film festival
E. Cotta wins Best Actress at the 70th Venice Film festival

Below is the complete set of winners for this year’s Venice Film Festival:

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 VOLPI

for Best Actor:

Themis Panou

in the film MISS VIOLENCE by Alexandros Avranas (Greece)

COPPA VOLPI

for Best Actress:

Elena Cotta

in the film VIA CASTELLANA BANDIERA by Emma Dante (Italy, Switzerland, France)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD

for Best Young Actor or Actress to:

Tye Sheridan

in the film JOE by David Gordon Green (US) 

 

AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

for 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

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 70th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Haifaa al Mansour and comprised of Amat Escalante, Alexej German Jr., Geoffrey Gilmore, Ariane Labed, Maria Sole Tognazzi, has decided to award:

LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:

WHITE SHADOW by Noaz Deshe (Italy, Germany, Tanzania)

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 They also won a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi  De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer

ORIZZONTI AWARDS

The Orizzonti Jury of the 70th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Paul Schrader and composed of Catherine Corsini, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Frédéric Fonteyne, Kseniya Rappoport, Amr Waked,  after screening the 31 films in competition has decided to award:

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:

EASTERN BOYS by Robin Campillo (France)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:

Uberto Pasolini for the film STILL LIFE (United Kingdom, Italy)

the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:

RUIN by Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson (Australia)

the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE CONTENT to:

MAHI VA GORBEH by Shahram Mokri (Iran)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:

KUSH by Shubhashish Bhutiani (India)

VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARDS

The Venezia Classici Jury, composed of 28 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the teachers of 13 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Venetian Ca’ Foscari, has decided to award:

the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:

DOUBLE PLAY: JAMES BENNING AND RICHARD LINKLATER by Gabe Klinger (US, Portugal, France)

the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:

LA PROPRIETÀ NON È PIÙ UN FURTO by Elio Petri (Italy, France)

the EUROPEAN SHORT FILM 2013 – EFA AWARD to:

HOUSES WITH SMALL WINDOWS by Bülent Öztürk (Belgium)

 

GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2013 to:

 William Friedkin

JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER to:

Ettore Scola 

PERSOL AWARD to:

Andrzej Wajda

L’ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA AWARD to:

Eugenia Costantini