Venice Film Festival 2016

The Venice Film Festival originated in 1932. The festival has occurred annually every since, and is the longest running film festival. This year it  ran August 31st to September 10th. The awards were spread out among a variety of films, with diverse countries of origin. Some of the winers included talent from Sweden, Turkey, Spain, Germany, France, Qatar, and many others. Because of this diversity of talent the Venice Film Festival is the most prestigious of the film festivals. Many of the winners already have early Oscar buzz. From a Lead Actress nomination for Emma Stone in La La Land, to a Best Foreign Language film nomination for The Woman Who Left by Lav Diaz. Only time will tell if the films find an audience in the United States and a place at the Academy Awards. All the winners already have the recognition of the Venice Film Festival to place upon their mantels. If any of the films are playing near you, try something new and support film as an art form.

Here is a complete list of the winners:

Official Selection 

Gold Lion for Best FilmAng Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) by Lav Diaz

Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) Nocturnal Animals by Tom Ford

Silver Lion for Best Director (Tie)Andrei Konchalovsky for Paradise, Amat Escalante for La Región Salvaje (The Untamed)

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress– Emma Stone for La La Land

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor– Oscar Martinez for El Ciudadano Ilustre (The Distinguished Citezen) 

Award for Best Screenplay– Noah Oppenheim for Jackie

Special Jury PrizeThe Bad Batch by Ana Lily Amirpour

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress– Paula Beer for Frantz

“Lion of the Future” Venice Award for a Debut Film– Akher Wahed Fina (The Last of Us) by Ala Eddine Slim

Orizzonti Awards

Orizzonti Award for Best Film Liberami by Federica Di Giacomo

Orizzonti Award for Best Director– Fien Troch for Home

Special Orizzonti Jury PrizeKoca Dünya (Big Big World) by Reha Erdem

Orizzonti Award for Best Actress– Ruth Díazin for Tarde Para La Ira (The Fury of a Patient Man)

Orizzonti Award for Best Actor– Nuno Lopes for São Jorge

Orizzonti Award for Best ScreenplayKu Qian (Bitter Money) by Wang Bing

Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film- La Voz Perdida by Marcelo Martinessi

Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2016Amalimbo by Juan Pablo Libossart

Venice Classics Awards

Venice Classics Award for Best Documentary on CinemaLe Concours by Claire Simon

Venice Classics Award for Best Restored FilmL’uomo Dei Clinque Palloni (Break Up) by Marco Ferreri

Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievment– Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jerzy Skolimowski

Jaeger-Lecoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award– Amri Naderi

Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award– Liev Schreiber

L’Oréal Paris Per Il Cinema Award– Matilde Gioli


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