Netflix wins big at Venice Film Festival
James R | On 13, Sep 2021
Netflix took home multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival this weekend.
The streamer has increasingly stepped up its presence at the Italian event, as it uses the festival not only to premiere its titles with some prestige but also to kick off the awards campaigns for its biggest hitters. This year, Netflix debuted Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, as well as The Lost Daughter, to which it holds the US rights.
All three took home prizes, which were awarded by a jury presided over by Parasite director Bong Joon ho and containing last year’s Golden Lion winner Chloe Zhao.
Sorrentino’s The Hand of God won both the Silver Lion and Best Young Actor for breakout star Filippo Scotti, while Campion’s The Power of the Dog earned the helmer the Best Director prize. The Lost Daughter won the Best Screenplay prize for debut writer/director Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Other prizes went to Penélope Cruz for her role in Pedro Almodóvar’s Parallel Mothers, which will be released in UK cinemas in January. The Golden Lion went to Audrey Diwan’s Happening, which does not yet have a UK release announced.
Here’s the full list of prize winners:
Best Young Actor: Filippo Scotti, The Hand of God
Special Jury Prize: Il Buco (directed by Michelangelo Frammartino)
Best Screenplay: The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
Best Actor: John Arcilla, On the Job: Missing 8
Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, Parallel Mothers
Silver Lion for Best Director: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: The Hand of God, Paolo Sorrentino
Golden Lion: Happening (directed by Audrey Diwan)
Orrizonti Audience Award: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic (directed by Teemu Nikki)
Best Short Film: Los Huesos (directed by Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña)
Best Screenplay: 107 Mothers (Péter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský)
Best Actor: Piseth Chhun, White Building
Best Actress: Laure Calamy, À Plein Temps
Special Jury Prize: El Grand Movimiento (directed by Kiro Russo)
Best Director: Eric Gravel, À Plein Temps
Best Film: Pilgrims (directed by Laurynas Bareisa)
Best VR Story: End of Night (directed by David Adler)
Best VR Experience: Le bal de Paris de Blanca Li (directed by Blanca Li)
Best VR Grand Jury Prize: Goliath: Playing with Reality (directed by Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla)
Lion of the Future: Imaculat (directed by Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark)