Yorgos Lanthimos wins Venice Golden Lion with Poor Things

Emma Stone was unable to attend Venice to see Poor Things win the Golden Lion, because of the actors’ strike.

The latest quirky black comedy from the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has won the top honours at the Venice Festival, the Golden Lion.

Poor Things – a British, Irish and US co-production – stars Emma Stone as a woman who’s brought back to life by an unorthodox scientist after she kills herself.

After accepting the award, Lanthimos said he was “personally very disappointed” that Stone couldn’t be in Venice to enjoy the film’s success, but that he understood the cause – referring to the ongoing strike by the SAG acting union, which bans stars from promoting their films, as well as having brought productions to a halt.

The runner up Silver Lion for the Grand Jury Prize went to the Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi for Evil Does Not Exist.

Italy’s Matteo Garrone was named the best director for Io Capitano and the screenplay prize went to Pablo Larraín and Guillermo Calderón for El Conde.

The main acting awards went to the star of Priscilla, Cailee Spaeny, for portraying the eponymous former wife of Elvis Presley, and Peter Sarsgaard, for his turn in the drama, Memory.

And here is the full list of winners in the major categories of the main competition at Venice.

Golden Lion
Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize
Evil Does Not Exist, Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Silver Lion Best Director
Matteo Garrone, Io Capitano

Special Jury Prize
Green Border, Agnieszka Holland

Best Screenplay
Pablo Larraín and Guillermo Calderón, El Conde

Best Actress
Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla

Best Actor
Peter Sarsgaard, Memory

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Seydou Sarr, Io Capitano