In the end it was a bit what was expected, a Poor Things Of Yorgos Lanthimos goes a Golden Lion on which everyone, already on the eve, agreed for an original and visionary film that combines extreme innocence and great sexuality (and this also thanks to a Emma Stone extraordinary).
Migration also wins and wins at the Lido with three prizes: two go to ours Matteo Garrone For I captain who takes home the Silver Lion for best direction (the third most important prize) and the Marcello Mastroianni to a young up-and-coming actor who goes to the 21-year-old Senegalese debutant Seydou Sarr of Garrone’s film.
And it doesn’t end here on the topic of migrants, the jury’s special prize goes to The Green Border Of Agnieszka Holland which recounts, in strong colours, the dirty border between Poland and Belarus, highlighting the violence against migrants by Polish border guards.
This is something that irritated two Warsaw ministers: that of the Interior, Mariusz Kaminski and that of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro. It was then a completely cinephile choice to give the second prize, the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prizeto a poetic and anti-glamour film like Evil Does Not Exist signed by the Oscar winner for Drive my carJapanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi. There’s also the whole award for best screenplay Guillermo Calderón And Pablo Larraín For El Conde by Larraín himself, an award on which the Argentine juror must have worked hard Santiago Miterwhile problems arise with Fox Cups.
The female one went to Cailee Spaney or the Priscilla of Sofia Coppolachild wife of Elvis Presleyincredibly preferred to Emma Stone Of Poor Things and even to one Carey Mulligan thrilling as the wife of Bernstein in Master Of Bradley Cooper. Equally incomprehensible then to give the Volpi Cup masculine a Peter Sarsgaard for the movie Memory Of Michel Franco in which, among other things, the real protagonist is Jessica Chastain.
A Volpi cup certainly more deserved by him Bradley Cooper and even more so from the Luciferian Caleb Landry Jones protagonist of Dogman Of Luc Besson. And it must be said that it is Master, Dogman And Ferrari are among the big losers of this edition which had a jury chaired by Damien Chazelle It’s composed by Saleh Bakri, Jane Campion, Mia Hansen-Løve, Gabriele Mainetti, Martin McDonagh, Santiago Miter, Laura Poitras And Shu Qi.
Anyway Matteo Garrone with I captain deservedly takes home a Silver Lionthe first recognition from Venice after that with Gomorrah had won the Special Grand Prix of the Jury in Cannes, five European Film Awards and seven Donatello’s David. A final consideration: too bad Aeneas Of Pietro Castellittoa talented thirty-year-old who talks about his generation, which is rare, and perhaps also a bit of a shame for Italian cinema which, with six films in the running, perhaps deserved something more.
The official awards of the 2023 Venice International Film Festival 80
GOLDEN LION for best film to: Poor Creature (Poor things) by Yorgos Lanthimos (United Kingdom)
SILVER LION – Grand Jury Prize to: Evil does not exist (aku wa sonzai shinai) by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
SILVER LION Award for best director to: Matteo Garrone for the film Io Capitano (Italy, Belgium)
COPPA VOLPI for best female performance to: Cailee Spaeny in the film Priscilla by Sofia Coppola (United States, Italy)
COPPA VOLPI for best male performance to: Peter Sarsgaard in the film Memory by Michel Franco (Mexico, United States)
AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to: Guillermo Calderón and Pablo Larraín for the film El Conde by Pablo Larraín (Chile)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to: Green Border (Zielona granica) by Agnieszka Holland (Poland, Czech Rep., France, Belgium)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD to an emerging young actor to: Seydou Sarr in the film I Captain by Matteo Garrone (Italy)
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR THE BEST FILM to: Explanation for everything (Magyarázat Mindenre) by Gábor Reisz (Hungary)
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to: Mika Gustafson for the film Paradiset brinner (Paradise is burning) (Sweden, Italy, Denmark, Finland)
SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to: An Endless Sunday by Alain Parroni (Italy; Germany, Ireland)
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE INTERPRETATION to: Margarita Rosa De Francisco in the film El Paraíso by Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST MALE ACTION to: Tergel Bold-Erdene in the film Ser ser salhi (City of wind) by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir (France, Mongolia, Portugal, Holland, Germany, Qatar)
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to: Enrico Maria Artale for the film El Paraíso by Enrico Maria Artale (Italy)
ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR THE BEST SHORT FILM to: A Short trip by Erenik Beqiri (France)
VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2023 to: A Short trip by Erenik Beqiri (France)
LION OF THE FUTURE – VENICE AWARD FOR FIRST WORK «LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS”
LION OF THE FUTURE – PREMIO VENEZIA FIRST WORK (LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS) to: Ai shi yi ba qiang (Love is a gun) by Lee Hong-Chi (Hong Kong – China, Chinese Taipei)
EXTRA ORIZZONTI SPECTATOR AWARD – ARMANI BEAUTY to: Felicità by Micaela Ramazzotti (Italy)
The Jury chaired by Andrea Pallaoro and made up of 24 students – indicated by the teachers – from cinema courses at Italian universities, awards the VENEZIA CLASSICI PRIZE FOR THE BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to: Thank you very much by Alex Braverman (United States)
the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR THE BEST RESTORED FILM to: Ohikkoshi (Moving) by Shinji Shmai (Japan, 1993)
The VENICE IMMERSIVE GRAND PRIX to Songs for a passerby by celine daemen (Holland)
The VENICE IMMERSIVE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to Flow by Adriaan Lokman (Holland, France)
The VENICE IMMERSIVE CREATION AWARD goes to Empereur (Emperor) by Marion Burger and Ilan Cohen (France, Germany)
GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2023 to: Liliana Cavani Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
CARTIER GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD 2023 to: Wes Anderson
CAMPARI PASSION FOR FILM AWARD to: Tonino Zera