The 70th Venice Film Festival wrapped this weekend with the top prize of the Golden Lion going to Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary “Sacro Gra”.
The Venice fest awards are unique in that, only in exceptional cases, can a film win more than one prize. On top of that, whoever wins the Golden Lion can only win that award.
An exceptional case was seen with “Miss Violence” which took the Best Director (Alexandros Avranas) and Best Actor (Themis Panou) honors. Elena Cotta won Best Actress for “Via Castellana Bandiera”.
Tsai Ming-liang’s “Stray Dogs” took the newly added Grand Jury Prize, while Philip Groning’s “The Police Officer’s Wife” won a Special Jury Prize.
Rising young “Mud” star Tye Sheridan took Best New Young Actor/Actress for “Joe,” and comedian Steve Coogan along with Jeff Pope took best screenplay for “Philomena”.
Earlier, the critics week “Lion of the Future” award for debut film went to Noaz Deshe’s for “White Shadow”.
In the ‘Horizons’ section, Robin Campillo’s “Eastern Boys” scored Best Film, Amiel Courtin-Wilson and Michael Cody’s won a Special Jury Prize for “Ruin,” and Uberto Pasolini took Best Director for “Still Life”.