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Venice Film Festival Winners

Manuel here. It’s that time of year when it’s hard to keep track of festivals, juries, awards and red carpets. Thankfully, here at TFE we keep you covered on all of the above. While we wait for more reviews out of TIFF, Alfonso Cuarón’s Venice Film Festival jury (which as José singled out had striking fashionistas in its midst) handed out their awards.

From Afar first-time director, Lorenzo Vigas

The big news, if you’re an American Oscar pundit, is that Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl was shunned (gasp!) but if you’re an avid festival goer interested in finding plenty of foreign titles to add to your must-see list of films, the big news was that it was a great day for Latin American cinema with the Golden and Silver Lion going to films from my very own part of the world.

Oh, and Charlie Kaufman’s collaboration with Duke Johnson (the bonkers sounding Anomalisa) won the Grand Jury Prize. Check out the full list below. (Links take you to the Biennale's film descriptions)

Golden Lion: From Afar, Lorenzo Vigas

Silver Lion, Best Director: Pablo Trapero, The Clan

Grand Jury Prize: Anomalisa, dirs: Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson

Anomalisa is a stop-motion picture that was partially funded through Kickstarter

Volpi Cup, Best Actor: Fabrice Luchini, L’Hermine

Volpi Cup, Best Actress: Valeria Golino, Per Amor Vostro

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Abraham Attah, Beasts Of No Nation

Netflix's film is off to a fine start with this festival bow

Best Screenplay: Christian Vincent, L’Hermine

Special Jury Prize: Frenzy, dir: Emin Alper

Vigas's debut (!) film is the first Latin American film to be awarded The Golden Lion. That it is also an LGBT May-December story just makes it all the more exciting. Overall, Cuarón and his jury (which also included Pawel Pawlikowski, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Diane Kruger, Lynne Ramsay, Francesco Munzi, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Elizabeth Banks) look like they made bold choices. Any of them spark your curiosity?

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Reader Comments (12)

YAY! for Charlie Kaufman!

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterSteven

Excited for "Beasts of No Nation," but not sure how I feel about this whole Netflix venturing into film production. I fear it will be the death of theatre-going experience.

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBVR

All the comments I have read agree on one thing: the acting awards are a mess.

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I know its unorthodox but im just an actor thinking if starting my own blog of videos and chracters and all it takes is one set of important eyes in the movie bizz...anyways.

Check out my acting vids on instagram if ya want.


September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTryingHard

It's a strange world!
All the comments I have read agree on one thing: the acting awards are well deserved...

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVince

OMG, they have a Marcello Mastroianni award!!! Such class. I bow to them.

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

ooh i'm seeing ANOMALISA this week. yay.

September 13, 2015 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Why does that character in Anomalisa look like Stephen Sondheim? ;-)

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Wow! I'm seeing From Afar at TIFF on Wednesday! Knew nothing about it, just picked it out of the program book blindly. I love it when happy accidents like that happen. Now if only I'd grabbed a ticket for The Clan I'd be seeing the top three prize winners in the next week.

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Pretty psyched about From Afar. I hope it gets a proper release.

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

From Afar sounds good. Looking forward to seeing that as soon as I can.

And congratulations to Fabrice Luchini and Valeria Golino - two very talented actors.

September 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

I really want to see those winners !
First time ever that French actors win both in Cannes & Venice, in the same year.

September 14, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie

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