Guillermo Del Toro’s THE SHAPE OF WATER has been awarded the Golden Lion at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. The festival jury, led by Annette Benning, also gave Warwick Thornton’s Australian outback SWEET COUNTRY the Special Jury Prize.
Samuel Moaz, who won the Golden Lion in 2009 for Lebanon, was awarded the Silver Lion for FOXTROT, a film about an Israeli family grieving over their soldier son.
Silver Lion, Best Director went to Xavier Legrand for JUSQU’À LA GARDE, which also won the Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film. The highly anticipated THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI won Best Screenplay for Martin McDonagh.
While not winning awards, critics were raving about Koreeda Hirokazu’s courtroom drama The Third Murder, and the musical Ammore e Malavita, from the Manetti Brothers.
The full list of winners is below (via Deadline).
The Shape Of Water, director: Guillermo del Toro
Grand Jury Prize
Foxtrot, Samuel Maoz
Silver Lion, Best Director
Xavier Legrand, Jusqu’à La Garde
Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Charlotte Rampling, Hannah
Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Kamel El Basha, The Insult
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Special Jury Prize
Sweet Country, director: Warwick Thornton
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Charlie Plummer, Lean On Pete
Nico, 1988, dir: Susanna Nicchiarelli
Vahid Jalilvand, No Date, No Signature
Special Jury Prize
Caniba, dirs: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Lyna Khoudri, Les Bienheureux
Navid Mohammadzadeh, No Date, No Signature
Los Versos Del Olvido, director: Alireza Khatami
Best Short Film
Gros Chagrin, director: Céline Devaux
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film
Jusqu’à La Garde, director: Xavier Legrand
Idi I Smotri, director: Elem Klimov
Best Documentary on Cinema
The Prince And The Dybbuk, directors: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
Arden’s Wake (Expanded), director: Eugene YK Chung
Best VR Experience
La Camera Insabbiata, directors: Laurie Anderson, Hsin-Chien Huang
Best VR Story
Bloodless, director: Gina Kim