For only the second time in its ninety year history, the Venice Film Festival has given its top prize, to a documentary.
All The Beauty And the Bloodshed follows the artist Nan Goldin’s efforts to bring down the Sackler family, seen as partly responsible for America’s opioid epidemic. Accepting the Golden Lion, the film’s director Laura Poitras thanked the festival for “understanding that documentary is cinema.”
Poitras – previously best known for her documentary Citizenfour, about the CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden – also spoke out in support of the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who’s currently in detention in his home country. His film No Bears was awarded the Special Jury Prize.
Poitras’ win also marks the third year in a row that a female director has won the festival’s top prize.
Alice Diop’s Saint Omer won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize – and the Lion of the Future award for the best debut film.
The Italian film-maker Luca Guadagnino was named the best director for his cannibal love s tory, Bones And All. One of the film’s star’s, Taylor Russell, was honoured as the best new talent at the festival.
The two main acting awards went to Cate Blanchett, for TÁR, and Colin Farrell for The Banshees Of Inisherin, which also won the best screenplay prize for its director, Martin McDonagh.
Here is the full list of winners from this year’s Venice Film Festival – one of the first events to showcase films that are likely to feature in the upcoming awards season:
Golden Lion for best film – All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, dir. Laura Poitras
Silver Lion grand jury prize – Saint Omer, dir. Alice Diop
Silver Lion for best director – Luca Guadagnino, Bones And All
Coppa Volpi for best actress – Cate Blanchett, TÁR
Coppa Volpi for best actor – Colin Farrell, The Banshees Of Inisherin
Best screenplay award – Martin McDonagh, The Banshees Of Inisherin
Special jury prize – No Bears, dir. Jafar Panahi
Marcello Mastroianni award for best new talent – Taylor Russell, Bones And All
Lion of the Future Luigi De Laurentis award for debut film – Saint Omer, dir. Alice Diop
Best film – World War III, dir. Houman Seyyedi
Best director – Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmer, Vera
Special jury prize – Bread And Salt, dir. Damian Kocur
Best actress – Vera Gemma, Vera
Best actor – Mohsen Tanabandeh, World War III
Best screenplay – Fernando Guzzoni, Blanquita
Best short – Snow In September, dir. Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
Audience award – Nezouh, dir. Soudade Kaadan
Best documentary – Fragments Of Paradise, dir. KD Davison
Best restored film – Branded To Kill, dir. Seijun Suzuki
Best experience – The Man Who Couldn’t Leave, cre. Chen Singing
Grand jury prize – From The Main Square, cre. Pedro Harres
Special jury prize – Eggscape, cre. German Heller, Jorge Tereso, Federico Heller