“Woman,” “Nocturnal” Top Venice Honors

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s near four-hour long black-and-white revenge drama “The Woman Who Left” was crowned the winner of the 73rd Venice Film Festival’s top honor – the Golden Lion. The story follows the struggle of a wrongly convicted schoolteacher in the outside world after thirty years behind bars.

Runner-up with the fest’s Jury Grand Prize was the Tom Ford-directed romantic noir “Nocturnal Animals” set in the L.A. art scene and the Texas criminal underworld. A Special Jury Prize also went to Ana Lily Amirpour’s dystopian cannibal Texas wasteland fairy tale “The Bad Batch”.

In terms of individual honors, Emma Stone scored best actress for “La La Land,” Oscar Martinez won best actor for “The Distinguished Citizen,” Noah Oppenheim won the best screenplay nod for “Jackie,” and both Russian auteur Andrei Konchalovsky and Mexican helmer Amat Escalante won best director for “Paradise” and “The Untamed” respectively.

Other films scoring honors were France’s “Frantz,” Turkey’s “The Last of Us” and “Big Big World,” and Italy’s “Liberami”. Click here for the full list.

Venice wasn’t the only festival handing out awards this weekend with the smaller Deauville Film Festival in France also handing out honors. Ira Sachs’ “Little Men” took top prize with “Captain Fantastic,” “The Fits” and “Weiner-Dog” taking runner-up nods.