The French director Audrey Diwan was awarded the weekend with the Golden lion from the Venice Film Festival for the film “The Event” (“The event”), a shocking and crude story to call for the legalization of abortion.
“It was difficult to make this film. Unfortunately we know that what we tell still happens in the world,” said the director when she received the highest award with emotion.
Diwan conquered the 78th edition of the Mostra with this adaptation of the homonymous novel by Annie Ernaux, in which she recounted a traumatic clandestine abortion in France in 1963 in order to continue her studies, when undergoing this practice when it was illegal.
The Frenchwoman thus becomes the sixth woman to win this prestigious award from the oldest international film competition in the world, established in 1932.
This year, in the Official Selection of the Mostra, of the twenty-one films in competition, five had been made by women, compared to eight in the last edition.
The Lost Daughter, the directorial debut of the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal the best screenplay won the award.
The jury also awarded the Silver Lion to the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, Oscar in 2014 with The great beauty, by It was the hand of God, an autobiographical film set in his turbulent native Naples and dedicated to Diego Armando Maradona.
Netflix was confirmed as a leader in the sector with the awards given to Sorrentino and the New Zealander Jane Campion, awarded by the direction of The power of the dog.
As for the performers, the Spanish star Penelope Cruz was awarded for her role in Parallel Mothers from Pedro Almodovar and the Filipino John Arcilla for the journalist in search of the truth in On the Job 2: The Missing 8, a film of three hours and 40 minutes, directed by Erik Matti.
The festival, which programmed some 16 Latin American films in the various sections, awarded the Bolivian director Kiro Russian with the Special Jury Prize of the Horizons section for The Great Movement, an experimental film about life in the capital of his country.
The second Venetian Mostra in times of pandemic closed after ten days of cinema in which it managed to recover at least part of the verve and stardom of the past, after last year’s edition, certainly tarnished by the virus.
Venice is also not shy about hosting films with a clear commercial vocation wrapped in an author’s stamp, as was the case with Dune this year, which guarantees that the images on the red carpet will go around the world.
Only with Danube the ambitious tape of Denis Villeneuve, screened out of competition, they arrived in Venice Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Oscar Isaac y Jason Momoa.
Isaac also presented, along with Jessica Chastain, his adaptation for HBO of the series Secrets of a marriage and together they left one of the most celebrated moments of the red carpet.
Antonio Banderas, Olivia Colman, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Hudson, Anna Mougalis, Charlotte Gainsbourgh or Tim Roth are other celebrities who have paraded through the Lido Cinema Palace and joined them on the last day Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, the latter accompanied by the actress and singer Jennifer Lopez.
In the last four editions, the films that have triumphed at the Mostra have also done so at the Oscars Nomadland (2020), Joker (2019), Roma (2018) y Lin the shape of water (2017), won the Golden Lions.
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A feminist film won the Golden Lion of a Venice that showed the brilliance of cinema – Tvshow – 09/13/2021