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A Night for and with Movie Stars, a Beautiful World of Films, Venice Style

One section of Venezia 78, the International Film Festival just concluded in Venice, Italy was devoted to enhance the restoration works on classic films as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema in particular to the advantage of young audiences.
Last night was a good night for movie stars, the film industry and for Venice Tourism.

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  • The 78th Venice International Film Festival was organised by La Biennale di Venezia.
  • It took place on the Lido di Venezia from 1 to 11 September 2021. The Festival is officially recognised by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Association).
  • The aim of the Festival was to raise awareness and promote international cinema in all its forms as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue.

The Biennale di Venezia was established in 1895 and is today acknowledged as one of the most prestigious cultural institutions. La Biennale di Venezia stands at the forefront of research and promotion of new contemporary art trends, and organizes events in all its specific sectors: Arts (1895), Architecture (1980), Cinema (1932), Dance (1999), Music (1930), and Theatre (1934) – alongside research and training activities.

The history of La Biennale di Venezia is documented in its Historical Archives located at Marghera Venice and in its Library at the Giardini’s Central Pavilion. The International Art and Architecture Exhibitions have had a new structure since 1998. In recent years, La Biennale promoted new Educational activities, training programs (Biennale College), conferences and panels in its headquarters at Ca’ Giustinian.

VENEZIA 78

The Venezia 78 Jury, chaired by Bong Joon Ho and comprised of Saverio CostanzoVirginie EfiraCynthia ErivoSarah GadonAlexander Nanau and Chloé Zhao, having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:
L’ÉVÉNEMENT (HAPPENING)
by Audrey Diwan (France)

SILVER LION – GRAND JURY PRIZE to:
È STATA LA MANO DI DIO (THE HAND OF GOD)
by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

SILVER LION – AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Jane Campion
for the film THE POWER OF THE DOG (New Zealand, Australia)

COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actress:
Penélope Cruz
in the film MADRES PARALELAS (PARALLEL MOTHERS) by Pedro Almodóvar (Spain)

COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actor:
John Arcilla
in the film ON THE JOB: THE MISSING 8 by Erik Matti (Philippines)

AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Maggie Gyllenhaal
for the film THE LOST DAUGHTER by Maggie Gyllenhaal (Greece, USA, UK, Israel)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
IL BUCO
by Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy, France, Germany)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD
for Best Young Actor or Actress to:
Filippo Scotti
in the film È STATA LA MANO DI DIO (THE HAND OF GOD) by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

ORIZZONTI

The Orizzonti Jury, chaired by Jasmila Žbanić  and comprised of Mona FastvoldShahram MokriJosh Siegel e Nadia Terranova, after screening the 19 feature-length films and 12 short films in competition, has decided as follows:

ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:
PILIGRIMAI (PILGRIMS)
by Laurynas Bareiša (Lithuania)

ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Éric Gravel
for the film À PLEIN TEMPS (FULL TIME) (France)

SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:
EL GRAN MOVIMIENTO
by Kiro Russo (Bolivia, France, Qatar, Switzerland)

ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS to:
Laure Calamy
in the film À PLEIN TEMPS (FULL TIME) by Éric Gravel (France)

ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR to:
Piseth Chhun
in the film BODENG SAR (WHITE BUILDING) by Kavich Neang (Cambodia, France, China, Qatar)

ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Peter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský
for the film CENZORKA (107 Mothers) by Peter Kerekes (Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Ukraine)

ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILMto:
LOS HUESOS (THE BONES)
by Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña (Chile)

VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2021 to:
FALL OF THE IBIS KING
by Josh O’Caoimh, Mikai Geronimo (Ireland)

VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM

The Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury of the 78th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Uberto Pasolini and comprised of Martin Schweighofer and Amalia Ulman,  has decided to award the

LION OF THE FUTURE
“LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
IMACULAT
by Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark (Romania)
GIORNATE DEGLI AUTORI

VENICE VR EXPANDED

The Venice VR EXPANDED Jury, chaired by Michelle Kranot and comprised of Maria Grazia Mattei and Jonathan Yeo, after viewing the 23 projects in competition has decided as follows:

GRAND JURY PRIZE FOR BEST VR WORK to:
GOLIATH: PLAYING WITH REALITY
by Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla (UK, France)

BEST VR EXPERIENCE FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT to:
LE BAL DE PARIS DE BLANCA LI
by Blanca Li (France, Germany, Luxembourg)

BEST VR STORY to:
END OF NIGHT
by David Adler (Denmark, France)

ORIZZONTI EXTRA

ARMANY BEAUTY AUDIENCE AWARD to:

Sokea mies, joka ei halunnut nähdä Titanicia
(The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic)
by Teemu Nikki (Finland)

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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