Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sokurov's "Faust" grabs the Golden Lion; "Dogtooth" writer/director gets Best Screenplay

2011 was a particularly competitive edition of the Venice Film Festival. Several films were considered potential laureates of the prestigious Golden Lion, yielding the most diverse sets of bets and predictions around the Internet. We're talking about The Idles of March (George Clooney), Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy (Tomas Alfredson), Wuthering Heights (Andrea Arnold), Alps (Giorgos Lanthimos), Contagion (Steven Soderbergh), A Dangerous Method (David Cronenberg), Shame (Steve McQueen) and, although gathering very mixed reviews, Faust, by the Russian Alexandr Sokurov. The last was the favorite of the team headed by 2008 Golden Lion winner Darren Aronofsky.

The film I probably expect to see the most from this furnace, the Greek Alps, won Best Screenplay, an accomplishment I am therefore most pleased about and in which I bear my most serious expectations, having watched the prior Dogtooth. Michael Fassbender took the Coppa Volpi for Best Actor for his performance in Shame and Wuthering Heights won Best Cinematography (by Robbie Ryan).

The list of winners:

Golden Lion (Best Film)

Silver Lion (Best Director)
Cai Shangjun, “Ren shan ren hai (People Mountain People Sea)”

Coppa Volpi (Best Actor)
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

Coppa Volpi (Best Actress)
Deanie Yip, “Tao Jie (A Simple Life)”

Special Jury Prize

Osella (Best Screenplay)
“Alps” (Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Osella (Best Cinematography)
“Wuthering Heights” (Robbie Ryan)

Marcello Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actor)
Shota Sometani, Fumi Nikaido, “Himizu di Sion Sono”

Best Film, Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Film, Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week: “Two Years”

Special Mention: “A Simple Life”

Premio del pubblico “Kino” – International Critics Week Award

Label Europa Cinemas Award
“Présumé Coupable (Guilty)”

Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola (Golden Lion Cub) Award
Cinema for UNICEF Commendation: “Terraferma”

Francesco Pasinetti (SNGCI) Award
SNGCI Commendation: “L’ultimo terrestre”

Brian Award
“The Ides of March”

Queer Lion Award (Best Gay Film)
“Wilde Salome”

Arca CinemaGiovani Award
Best Film Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Italian Film: “L’ultimo terrestre”

Biografilm Lancia Award
“Black Block”
Jury Award: “Pivano Blues – Sulla strada di Nanda”

C.I.C.T. UNESCO “Enrico Fulchignoni” Award
“Tahrir 2011″

“O le tulafale (The Orator)”

CinemAvvenire Award
Best Film Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Film – Il cerchio non è rotondo Award: “O le tulafale (The Orator):

“Io sono Li”
Special Mention: “Pasta nera”

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award
“L’ultimo terrestre”

Future Film Festival Digital Award
Special Mention: “Kotoko”

Nazareno Taddei Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Lanterna Magica Award (CGS)
“Io sono Li”

Open Award
Marco Müller

La Navicella – Venezia Cinema Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Lina Mangiacapre Award
“Io sono Li”
Special Mention: Fabrizio Cattani – “Maternity Blues”

Gianni Astrei pro life Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”


Mouse d’Oro Award
“Killer Joe”
Mouse d’Argento: “Kotoko”

UK – Italy Creative Industries Award – Best Innovative Budget
“L’arrivo di Wang”

Equal Opportunity Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Gillo Pontecorvo Award – Arcobaleno Latino
Gaetano Blandini, Nicola Borrelli, Gian Marco Committeri, Roberto Lo Surdo, Mario La Torre

Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award

Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue
“Girimunho (Swirl)”

Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award
Special Mention: “Eva”

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