Saturday, 7 September 2013


The above image is a link to the trailer for Sacro GRA, which has won the Golden Lion at the 2013 Venice Film Festival. It's an Italian film about an Italian highway from an Italian director at an Italian film festival with an italian jury president (Bernardo Bertolucci). Who would have thought a documentary about a road could win one of cinema's highest honours? This is the first year in which documentaries have been allowed into the official selection at Venice, and Bertolucci joked that some jury members considered giving the Best Actor prize to the other competition doc's subject, Donald Rumsfeld for Errol Morris' The Unknown Known!

Venice 70

Golden Lion
Sacro GRA (Gianfranco Rosi)

Grand Jury Prize
Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-Liang)

Special Jury Prize
The Police Officer's Wife (Philip Groning)

Silver Lion for Best Director
Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence)

Volpi Cup for Best Actor
Themis Payou (Miss Violence)

Volpi Cup for Best Actress
Elena Cotta (A Street in Palermo)

Best Screenplay
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Tye Sheridan (Joe)

Fedeora Prize - Best Mediterranean Film
Miss Violence (Alexandros Avranas)

Green Drop Award
Ana Arabia (Amos Gitai)

Queer Lion
Philomena (Stephen Frears)

Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan)

Critics Week

Best Film
Class Enemy (Rok Bicek)

Best Performance
Anna Odell (The Reunion)

Best Photography
Sebastien Sepulveda (The Quispe Girls)

Luigi de Laurentiis Award: Lion of the Future
White Shadow (Noaz Deshe)

Venice Days

Best Film
Bethlehem (Yuval Adler)

Special Mention
La Belle Vie (Jean Denizot)

Best Director
Miko Lazarov (Alienation)

Critics Week (main award announced in previous thread... go look it up!)

Special Mention 
Giuseppe Battiston (Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot)