Venice Film Festival Winners

Venice film festival 2021 has been extraordinary indeed. Not just because of the quality of films it showcased but also the pandemic which has limited cinema to mobile or computer screens. Venice film festival 2021 has indeed made a point to reinvent itself under extraordinary circumstances and present itself to the audience with rejuvenated pride.

Netflix had a field day took the four big prizes including Silver Lion winner Paolo Sorrentino for “The Hand of God,” Best Director Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog,” Best Young Actor for Paolo Sorrentino’s “Hand of God” breakout Filippo Scotti, and Best Screenplay for first-time writer/director Maggie Gyllenhaal for “The Lost Daughter.”

This festival was also different in terms of its composition South Korea’s Bong Joon Ho became the first Asian to become the president of the film festivals jury. So it was a win-win for everyone.

Now the list:

VIRTUAL REALITY

Best VR Story: “End of Night” (dir. David Adler)

Best VR Experience: “Le bal de Paris de Blanca Li” (dir. Blanca Li)

Best VR Grand Jury Prize: “Goliath: Playing with Reality” (dirs. Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla)

Lion of the Future: “Imaculat” (dirs. Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark)

HORIZONS

Orrizonti Audience Award: “The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic” (dir. Teemu Nikki)

Best Short Film: “Los Huesos” (dirs. Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña)

Best Screenplay: “107 Mothers” (Péter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský)

Best Actor: Piseth Chhun, “White Building”

Best Actress: Laure Calamy, “À Plein Temps”

Special Jury Prize: “El Grand Movimiento” (dir. Kiro Russo)

Best Director: Eric Gravel, “À Plein Temps”

Best Film: “Pilgrims” (dir. Laurynas Bareisa)

MAIN COMPETITION

Best Young Actor: Filippo Scotti, “The Hand of God”

Special Jury Prize: “Il Buco” (dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)

Best Screenplay: “The Lost Daughter” (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

Best Actor: John Arcilla, “On the Job: Missing 8”

Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”

Silver Lion for Best Director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: “The Hand of God,” Paolo Sorrentino

Golden Lion: “Happening” (dir. Audrey Diwan)

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