“All of the Magnificence and the Bloodshed,” directed by Laura Poitras, was awarded the Golden Lion for greatest movie on the 79th Venice Worldwide Movie Competition on Saturday by a contest jury led by Julianne Moore. The movie, concerning the photographer Nan Goldin, was the uncommon documentary to win the Golden Lion and received over robust opponents.
“I’ve by no means met anybody like Nan,” Poitras stated in her acceptance speech, praising Goldin as “brave” in her protests towards the Sackler household, whom Poitras described as “ruthless.” The movie examines Goldin’s artwork, life and her activism in protesting the household and Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, for his or her roles within the opioid disaster. Poitras, whose 2014 movie “Citizenfour” received the Oscar for greatest documentary, thanked the pageant for recognizing that “documentary is cinema.”
Poitras additionally known as for the discharge of Jafar Panahi, the imprisoned Iranian director who directed “No Bears,” which premiered on the pageant, and inspired “all of us to do no matter we are able to.” She additionally spoke of the reminiscence of the late influential documentary govt, Diane Weyermann.
The 79th version of the pageant opened with Noah Baumbach’s “White Noise,” an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel, starring Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig. Different outstanding movies included “The Whale,” “Blonde,” “Tár,” “Bones and All,” “The Banshees of Inisherin,” “Un Couple,” “Bardo,” “The Son” and “The Everlasting Daughter.”
In contrast to many different festivals, the Venice Movie Competition continued in individual throughout the previous two years, regardless of the pandemic. However this yr, the Venice occasion particularly thrived. Stars like Timothée Chalamet and Ana de Armas enthralled the sturdy crowds, and important debate and red-carpet buzz had been by no means in brief provide. (Nonetheless, Covid remained a presence: Absent on the ceremony was one competitors jury member, the novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, whom Moore defined had examined constructive.)
The Silver Lion Grand Jury prize went to Alice Diop’s “Saint Omer,” her function a couple of novelist who turns into engrossed within the trial of a lady accused of leaving her child on a seashore to perish — a narrative based mostly on a real story. The Silver Lion award for greatest director went to Luca Guadagnino for “Bones and All,” the primary Lion for the Italian movie director.
The Particular Jury prize went to Panahi for “No Bears.” His award was accepted by two of the movie’s actors, Mina Kavani and Reza Heydari, in his absence. The viewers gave a standing ovation.
The Volpi Cup for greatest actress was awarded to Cate Blanchett, who performed the fictional well-known composer on the heart of “Tár,” directed by Todd Area. The perfect actor award went to Colin Farrell for his portrayal of an Irishman whose pal abruptly ends their friendship in Martin McDonagh’s “The Banshees of Inisherin.” Taylor Russell received the Marcello Mastroianni Award, which acknowledges an impressive rising actor, for her efficiency as a younger cannibal in “Bones and All.”
The perfect screenplay honor was given to McDonagh, who wrote and directed “The Banshees of Inisherin” and who received the identical honor in 2017 for “Three Billboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri.” Diop’s “Saint Omer” additionally obtained the Lion of the Future Award for greatest debut function. (Diop has already directed an acclaimed function, the documentary “We,” which received a prime award on the Berlin Movie Competition.)
Within the Orizzonti part of the awards, which runs parallel to the first competitors, the highest honor was given to Iranian filmmaker Houman Seyedi’s “World Warfare III.” The movie additionally featured a greatest actor award winner in Mohsen Tanabandeh, who performed the protagonist.
This version’s Golden Lions for lifetime achievement went to Paul Schrader, whose movie “Grasp Gardener” performed out of competitors, and to Catherine Deneuve. A Cartier Glory to the Filmmaker Award went to Walter Hill, whose movie “Useless for a Greenback” performed out of competitors.