Todd Phillips’ Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as the DC Comics villain, cemented its Oscar credentials after winning the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
At tonight’s award ceremony (September 7) the Silver Lion grand jury prize went to Roman Polanski’s An Officer And A Spy. Despite the controversy following the director, the film also picked up the FIPRESCI prize yesterday.
Swedish veteran Roy Andersson won the best director award for comedy About Endlessness.
The Lucrecia Martel-led jury awarded best screenplay to Hong Kong animation No. 7 Cherry Lane, written and directed by Yonfan.
In the acting categories, Ariane Ascaride won best actress for Robert Guédiguian’s Gloria Mundi, whilst Luca Marinelli picked up best actor for his performance in Pietro Marcello’s historical drama Martin Eden.
The special jury prize went to Franco Maresco’s The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be, whilst the Marcello Mastroianni Award for best new talent was awarded to Babyteeth star Toby Wallace.
Venice Film Festival Awards
Golden Lion for Best Film
Joker, dir. Todd Phillips
Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize
An Officer And A Spy, dir. Roman Polanski
Silver Lion – Best Director
Roy Andersson, About Endlessness
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress
Ariane Ascaride, Gloria Mundi
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden
Best Screenplay Award
Yonfan, No. 7 Cherry Lane
Special Jury Prize
The Mafia Is No Longer What It Used to Be, dir. Franco Maresco
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Talent
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth
Lion of the Future (Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film)
You Will Die At 20, dir. Amjad Abu Alala
Atlantis, dir. Valentyn Vasyanovych
Théo Court, White On White
Special Jury Prize
Verdict, dir. Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Marta Nieto, Madre
Sami Bouajila, A Son
Jessica Palud, Philippe Lioret, Diastème, Revinir
Darling, dir. Saim Sadiq
Venice VR Awards
Best VR Film
The Key, dir. Celine Tricart
Best VR Experience Award
A Linha, dir. Ricardo Laganaro
Best VR Story Award
Daughters of Chibok, dir. Joel Kachi Benson
Venice Classics Awards
Best Documentary on Cinema
Babenco - Alguém tem que ouvir o coração e dizer: Parou, dir. Barbára Paz
Best Restored Film
Ecstasy, dir. Gustav Machatý