Laura Poitras’ documentary wins the main prize at the Venice Film Festival

All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, Laura Poitra’s documentary about photographer Nan Goldin and her activism against the Sackler family, won the Golden Lion for Best Picture at the 79th Venice International Film Festival.

oitras thanked the festival for recognizing that “documentary film is cinema” at the ceremony on Saturday night in Venice.

Second place went to Alice Diops Saint Omer.


Cate Blanchett poses for photographers (Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Cate Blanchett and Colin Farrell won best acting awards.

Blanchett won for her performance as a renowned conductor in Todd Fields Tar and Farrell for the role of a man separated from his longtime boyfriend in Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin.

“I’m shocked to receive this and thrilled,” Farrell said in a live video message broadcast at the festival on Saturday night.

McDonagh was there to collect the award before receiving one himself for the screenplay.

Luca Guadagnino won the Silver Lion for Best Director for the cannibal romance Bones And All, starring Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell, which also won Best Young Actress for her performance.

“I prepared a speech because I’m nervous,” Russell said. “I’m incredibly grateful to be here. So many of my heroes are in this room.


Colin Farrell (Vianney LeCaer/Invision/AP)

Russell thanked Guadagnino.

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“He’s been a great friend to me and I love him so much,” Russell said.

The jury also awarded a Special Jury Prize to “No Bears” by imprisoned Iranian director Jafar Panahi.

The acclaimed director was sentenced by Iran in July to a six-year prison sentence from a decade earlier, which has never been carried out.

The order came as the government sought to silence criticism amid mounting economic turmoil and political pressures.

The jury, chaired by Julianne Moore, selects the winners from 23 competition films, including many Oscar nominees. The Oscar winner chaired a jury that included French director Audrey Diwan, whose film Happening won last year’s Golden Lion, author Kazuo Ishiguro and Iranian actress Leila Hatami.

Also on the main jury were Italian director Leonardo Di Costanzo, Argentine filmmaker Mariano Cohn and Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

Premiered in competition in Venice, it has launched many successful Oscar campaigns in recent years, resulting in nominations and even wins.

Seven times in the past nine years, the Oscar for Best Director has gone to a film that premiered at the festival, including Chloe Zhao, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro G. Inarritu, twice Guillermo del Toro and Damien Chazelle.

It also debuted a handful of future Best Picture winners like Nomadland, The Shape Of Water and Birdman. Laura Poitras’ documentary wins the main prize at the Venice Film Festival

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