Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl wins Queer Lion
Veteran director Marco Bellocchio’s Blood Of My Blood (Sangue Del Mio Sangue) has won the FIPRESCI Award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival (Sept 2-12).
The film is a vampire-themed period drama starring Alba Rohrwacher, who won last year’s Volpi prize for best actress with her performance in Hungry Hearts, as a 17th-century noblewoman who becomes a nun and seduces a young army officer and his twin brother. The film is sold by The Match Factory.
Venice’s ‘Collateral Awards’ - prizes assigned independently by film critics and cultural associations - also saw the Queer Lion Award go to Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, starring Eddie Redmayne as Danish artist Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery.
The film, which receives its North American premiere at Toronto tonight (Sept 12), is a hot contender for the upcoming awards season.
Best Actor award to Luca Marinelli for the film Non essere cattivo by Claudio Caligari
Best Actress award to Valeria Golino for the film Per amor vostro by Giuseppe M. Gaudino
Special award to La prima luce by Vincenzo Marra
to Equals by Drake Doremus
Award for lifetime achievement to Nicola Piovani