Sunday, September 11, 2011

VENICE: "Faust" takes the Golden Lion

So how can we be surprised that the Golden Lion went to something I didn't really put much interest into? Aleksandr Sokurov's "Faust" somehow didn't gain my attention, but it got enough passion from the jury to grab the top prize. I guess I may have to check this one out, but my eyebrow hasn't even been raised yet, so no promises. Similarly, the Silver Lion prize went to something I hadn't heard the slightest bit of news on, "Ren shan ren hai". I can make a pretty solid promise I probably won't end up seeing that one, because as much as I go for things off the beaten path, I'm also kind of lazy.

That confusion ridden first response may make it seem like I'm disappointed, but there's enough to be pleased about here. "Alps", from director Yorgos Lanthimos, took the screenplay prize despite his typically brazen subject matter, or perhaps because of it. I suppose what may have repelled others is what benefited from Aronofsky's jury. Cinematography went to "Wuthering Heights", and there's no surprise there. Same goes for Michael Fassbender's Best Actor win, but it certainly got a more favorable response. The rest of the awards are many in number, and far too time consuming, so see those after the jump!

Golden Lion

Silver Lion
“Ren shan ren hai (People Mountain People Sea)”

Vopli Cup (Best Actress)
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

Volpi Cup (Best Actress)
Deanie Yip, “Tao Jie (A Simple Life)”

Special Jury Prize

Osella for Best Screenplay
“Alps” (Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Best Cinematography
“Wuthering Heights” (Robbie Ryan)

Marcello Mastroianni Award
Shota Sometani, Fumi Nikaido, “Himizu di Sion Sono”

Best Film, Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Film, Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week: “Two Years”

Special Mention: “A Simple Life”

Premio del pubblico “Kino” – International Critics Week Award

Label Europa Cinemas Award
“Présumé Coupable (Guilty)”

Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award
Cinema for UNICEF Commendation: “Terraferma”

Francesco Pasinetti (SNGCI) Award
SNGCI Commendation: “L’ultimo terrestre”

Brian Award
“The Ides of March”

Queer Lion Award (Associazione Cinemarte)
“Wilde Salome”

Arca CinemaGiovani Award
Best Film Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Italian Film: “L’ultimo terrestre”

Biografilm Lancia Award
“Black Block”
Jury Award: “Pivano Blues – Sulla strada di Nanda”

C.I.C.T. UNESCO “Enrico Fulchignoni” Award
“Tahrir 2011″

“O le tulafale (The Orator)”

CinemAvvenire Award
Best Film Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Film – Il cerchio non è rotondo Award: “O le tulafale (The Orator):

“Io sono Li”
Special Mention: “Pasta nera”

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award
“L’ultimo terrestre”

Future Film Festival Digital Award
Special Mention: “Kotoko”

Nazareno Taddei Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Lanterna Magica Award (CGS)
“Io sono Li”

Open Award
Marco Müller

La Navicella – Venezia Cinema Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Lina Mangiacapre Award
“Io sono Li”
Special Mention: Fabrizio Cattani – “Maternity Blues”

Gianni Astrei pro life Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”


Mouse d’Oro Award
“Killer Joe”
Mouse d’Argento: “Kotoko”

UK – Italy Creative Industries Award – Best Innovative Budget
“L’arrivo di Wang”

Equal Opportunity Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Gillo Pontecorvo Award – Arcobaleno Latino
Gaetano Blandini, Nicola Borrelli, Gian Marco Committeri, Roberto Lo Surdo, Mario La Torre

Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award

Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue
“Girimunho (Swirl)”

Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award
Special Mention: “Eva”

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