Sunday, 13 September 2015


History was made yesterday at the prize-giving gala of Venezia 72, as a Latin American jury president handed the Golden Lion out to the first Latin American film in history to win the prestigious title. Lorenzo Vigas' From Afar beat a competition slate that was packed with heavy-hitters, including fellow Latin American title The Clan by Pablo Trapero, upon whom Alfonso Cuaron's jury bestowed the Silver Lion for Best Director. English language titles were not ignored, however, as there were awards for the new films from Cary Fukunaga and Charlie Kaufman. All the details below:

Venezia 72

Golden Lion
From Afar (Lorenzo Vigas)

Grand Jury Prize
Anomalisa (Duke Johnson and Charlie Kaufman)

Silver Lion for Best Director
Pablo Trapero (The Clan)

Volpi Cup for Best Actor
Fabrice Luchini (L'Hermine)

Volpi Cup for Best Actress
Valeria Golino (Per Amor Vostro)

Best Screenplay
Christian Vincent (L'Hermine)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation)

Special Jury Prize
Frenzy (Emin Alper)


Best Film
Free in Deed (Jake Mahaffy)

Special Jury Prize
Neon Bull (Gabriel Mascaro)

Best Director
Brady Corbet (The Childhood of a Leader)

Special Prize for Best Actor or Actress
Dominique Leborne (Tempete)

Luigi de Laurentiis Lion of the Future
The Childhood of a Leader (Brady Corbet)

Best Short Film
Belladonna (Dubravka Turic)

Venice Days

Venice Days Award
Early Winter (Michael Rowe)

Europa Cinemas Label Award
As I Open My Eyes (Leyla Bouzid)

Laguna Sud Prize for Best Film
Lolo (Julie Delpy)

Laguna Sud Prize for Best Italian Discovery
Arianna (Carlo Lavagna)

BNL People's Choice Award
As I Open My Eyes (Leyla Bouzid)

Venice Classics

Best Documentary on Cinema
The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin (Yves Montmayeur)

Best Restoration
Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini)


Best European Film: Venezia 72
Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov)

Best Film: Venice Days
Underground Fragrance (Peng Fei)

Best Young Director: Venice Days
Ruchika Oberoi (Island City)

Best Young Actress: Venice Days
Ondina Quadri (Arianna)

Best Film: Critics' Week
Kalo Pothi (Bahadur Bham Min)

Best Director of Photography: Critics' Week
Benthey Dean (Tanna)

Queer Lion
The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper)