By José Alberto Hermosillo
With a landslide of awards, women auteurs took the hefty prizes of Venice Film Festival 2021.
Jury’s President Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”) announced that by unanimous decision, the Golden Lion award went to the French woman director Andrey Diwan for her well-crafted and controversial film “Happening/L'événement.” The film is set in 1963, tackles the story of a woman going through an abortion experience in France while the procedure was still illegal.
|Golden Lion winner film “Happening/ L'événement.”|
Best Director award went to Jane Campion, the
first female director who won Best Picture or Palme d’Or in Cannes for “The Piano,” in 1992. In her speech, Campion
mentioned her gratitude to the people of New Zealand for helping under
challenging times during the pandemic in the making of the highly praised “The Power of the Dog.” The modern Western is a strong
candidate to be nominated for Best Picture for the Oscars, 2022.
The Copa Volpi for Best Actress went to Penélope Crúz for “Parallel Mothers/Madres paralelas.” This film marks Crúz's most recent collaboration with Pedro Almodovar. The story of two single mothers giving birth ignites the dialogue on motherhood, women’s repression during the Spanish dictatorship, and above all, survival.
Another big revelation of the night was the distinction to the American actress/writer/director Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Crazy Heart,” “The Dark Knight,”), who won for Best Screenplay for her film “The Lost Daughter.”
In the parallel section, Orizzonti Awards, women took center stage, winning the top prize Laurvnas Bareisa for the film “Pilgrims.” The suspenseful movie made in Lithuania talks about two women witnessing a gruesome crime.
|Roberto Benigni wins the Lifetime Achievement at Venice 2021|
Achievement went to the legendary Italian performer, writer, and director Roberto Benigni, who won an Oscar for “Life
is Beautiful.” He also worked in both of the live-action Italian versions of "Pinocchio." In 2002, he directed and played Pinocchio, and in 2019, directed by Matteo Garrone, Benigni is Geppetto.
Many of these award-winning films can capitalize their prizes in an early campaign running for the Oscars 2022 .
THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 2021 AWARDS:
Golden Lion for Best Film: “Happening,” Audrey Diwan
Grand Jury Prize: “The Hand of God,” Paolo Sorrentino
Best Director: “The Power of the Dog,” Jane Campion
Best Actress: “Parallel Mothers,” Penélope Cruz
Best Actor: “On the Job: The Missing 8,” John Arcilla
Best Screenplay: “The Lost Daughter,” Maggie Gyllenhaal
Special Jury Prize: “Il Buco,” Michelangelo Frammartino
Marcello Mastroianni Award, Best Young Actor: “The Hand of God,” Filippo Scotti.
Best Film: “Pilgrims/Il paradiso del pavone,” Laurynas Bareisa
Best Director: “Full Time,” Eric Gravel
Special Jury Prize: “El Gran Movimiento,” Kiro Russo
Best Actress: “Full Time,” Laure Calamy
Best Actor: “White Building,” Piseth Chhun
Best Screenplay: “107 Mothers,” Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes
Best Short Film: “Los Huesos,” Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña
|Best actor, Piseth Chhun, "White Building," Cambodia|
LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS AWARD
Best First Feature: “Imaculat,” Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark
VENICE VR EXPANDED AWARDS
Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Work: “Goliath: Playing With Reality,” Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla
Best VR Experience: “Le Bal de
Paris de Blanca Li,” Blanca Li
Best VR Story: “End of Night,” David Adler
Armani Beauty Audience Award: “The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic,” by Teemu Nikki.
|Paolo Sorrentino Jury Prize winner, Venice Film Festival, THE HAND OF GOD/È stata la mano di Dio. Film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo www.FestivalinLA.com.|
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