Alfonso Cuarón’s ‘Roma’ Wins Gold at 75th Venice Film Festival

Venice Film Festival: Alfonso Cuarón‘s “Roma” won the coveted Golden Lion for Best Film at the 75th festival in Italy. The Academy Award winning director of “Gravity” took his Mexico-set family drama to Europe for its world premiere last week where it was welcomed with open arms.

Other big winners this year include Yorgo Lanthimos and his historical drama, “The Favourite,” which won the Silver Lion. That was paired with an award for Best Actress for Olivia Colman. Jacques Audiard also scored with his film, “The Sisters Brothers,” while Willem Dafoe won Best Actor for playing Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel‘s “At Eternity’s Gate.” And the Coen Brothers were praised for their screenplay for their divisive anthology, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”

Following a very bad moment that led to the revocation of credentials from one Italian critic, Jennifer Kent was awarded the Special Jury Prize for her latest, “The Nightingale.” Kent was the only female director in competition at this year’s festival despite many eligible and worthy options.

It should be noted that many eventual Best Picture nominees screen at Venice, but only one Golden Lion winner has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. That happened last year with Guillermo del Toro‘s “The Shape of Water.”

The Academy Award winning director returned to chair the Venezia 75 Jury. His committee included Sylvia Chang, Trine Dyrholm, Nicole Garcia, Paolo Genovese, Malgorzata Szumowska, Taika Waititi, Christoph Waltz, and Naomi Watts.

Here is the full list of winners from the festival’s official press release:

GOLDEN LION for Best Film
ROMA
by Alfonso Cuarón (Mexico)

SILVER LION – GRAND JURY PRIZE
THE FAVOURITE
by Yorgos Lanthimos (UK, Ireland, USA)

SILVER LION – AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR
Jacques Audiard
for the film THE SISTERS BROTHERS (France, Belgium, Romania, Spain)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress
Olivia Colman
in the film THE FAVOURITE by Yorgos Lanthimos (UK, Ireland, USA)

COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor
Willem Dafoe
in the film AT ETERNITY’S GATE by Julian Schnabel (USA, France)

AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
for the film THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (USA)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
THE NIGHTINGALE
by Jennifer Kent (Australia)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress to
Baykali Ganambarr
in the film THE NIGHTINGALE by Jennifer Kent (Australia)

VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 75th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Ramin Bahrani and comprised of Kaouther Ben Hania, Carolina Crescentini, Kanako Hayashi, and Gastón Solnicki, has decided to award:

LION OF THE FUTURE
“LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:

YOM ADAATOU ZOULI (THE DAY I LOST MY SHADOW)
by Soudade Kaadan (Syrian Arab Republic, Lebanon, France, Qatar)
ORIZZONTI

as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer.

ORIZZONTI
The Orizzonti Jury of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Athina Tsangari and composed of Michael Almereyda, Frédéric Bonnaud, Fatemeh (Simin) Motamed-Arya, Mohamed Hefzy, Alison Maclean, and Andrea Pallaoro, after screening the 19 feature films and 12 short films in competition has decided to award:

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:
KRABEN RAHU (MANTA RAY)
by Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand, France, China)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Emir Baigazin
for the film OZEN (THE RIVER) (Kazakhstan, Poland, Norway)

the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:
ANONS (THE ANNOUNCEMENT)
by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun (Turkey, Bulgaria)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTRESS to:
Natalya Kudryashova
in TCHELOVEK KOTORIJ UDIVIL VSEH (THE MAN WHO SURPRISED EVERYONE)
by Natasha Merkulova e Aleksey Chupov (Russia, Estonia, France)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR to:
Kais Nashif
in TEL AVIV ON FIRE by Sameh Zoabi (Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Pema Tseden
for JINPA by Pema Tseden (China)

the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:
KADO
by Aditya Ahmad (Indonesia)

the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2018 to:
GLI ANNI
by Sara Fgaier (Italy, France)

VENICE CLASSICS
The Venice Classics Jury, chaired by Salvatore Mereu and composed of 25 cinema history students – nominated by their professors – from Italian universities, DAMS performing arts courses, and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, has decided to award:

the VENICE CLASSICS AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:
THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION
by Peter Bogdanovich (USA)

the VENICE CLASSICS AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:
LA NOTTE DI SAN LORENZO
by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (Italy, 1982)

VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
The Venice VR Jury of the 75th Venice International Film Festival, chaired by Susanne Bier and composed of Alessandro Baricco and Clémence Poésy has decided to award:

the BEST VR AWARD (IMMERSIVE STORY) to:
SPHERES
di Eliza McNitt (USA, France)

the BEST VR EXPERIENCE AWARD (FOR INTERACTIVE CONTENT) to:
BUDDY VR
by Chuck Chae (South Korea)

the BEST VR STORY AWARD (FOR LINEAR CONTENT) to:
L’ÎLE DES MORTS
by Benjamin Nuel (France)

Congratulations to all the winners.

Be sure to check out the Official Oscar Predictions Page to see where “Roma” and all the other honorees rank!