Daily | Gianfranco Rosi’s SACRO GRA Wins the Golden Lion

Sacro GRA

‘Sacro GRA’

The International Jury of Venezia 70, the Competition, presided over by Bernardo Bertolucci (other members: Andrea Arnold, Renato Berta, Carrie Fisher, Martina Gedeck, Jiang Wen, Pablo Larraín, Virginie Ledoyen, and Ryuichi Sakamoto), has awarded the Golden Lion to Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro GRA. Here‘s what the critics have been saying about the documentary on life along the highway that circles Rome.

Silver Lion for Best Director: Alexandros Avranas for Miss Violence, which has also scored the Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Themis Panou.

“The Grand Jury Prize is a new one in the Venice roster, coming in ahead of the Special Jury Prize in terms of status,” writes Guy Lodge at In Contention, “though I haven’t yet managed to ascertain if it’s meant to be equal to or ahead of the Silver Lion for Best Director. Name aside (in Cannes, it refers to the first runner-up), it seems more like bronze medal of the Competition.”And it goes to Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs.

Special Jury Prize: Philip Gröning’s The Police Officer’s Wife.

Vopi Cup for Best Actress: Elena Cotta for her performance in Emma Dante’s A Street in Palermo.

Best Screenplay: Philomena, written by Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, and Martin Sixsmith and directed by Stephen Frears.

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor/Actress: Tye Sheridan for his performance in David Gordon Green’s Joe.


The jury: Paul Schrader (President), Catherine Corsini, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Golshifteh Farahani, Frédéric Fonteyne, Kseniya Rappoport, and Amr Waked.

Orizzonti Award for Best Film: Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys.

Orizzonti Award for Best Director: Uberto Pasolini for Still Life.

Special Orizzonti Jury Prize: Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson’s Ruin.

Special Orizzonti Award for innovative content: Shahram Mokri’s Fish & Cat.

Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film: Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Kush.


The jury: Haifaa Al Mansour (President), Amat Escalante, Alexej German Jr., Geoffrey Gilmore, Ariane Labed, and Maria Sole Tognazzi.

And the “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film goes to Noaz Deshe’s White Shadow.


Gabe Klinger’s Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater has won a Lion for Best Documentary on Cinema.


“In the Venice Days parallel section,” reports Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa, “the jury put together by the network of Europa Cinemas operators awarded its Label to The Good Life by Jean Denizot.”

Critics Week has awarded its prize to Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot, a sophisticated comedy by first-time Italo helmer Matteo Oleotto,” reports Variety‘s Nick Vivarelli.


FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics, has named Xavier Dolan’s Tom at the Farm best film in Competition. Best film from Orizzonti and International Critics Week: Anna Odell’s The Reunion (Återträffen).

CICAE Award: Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life.

SIGNIS Award: Stephen Frears’s Philomena. Special Mention: Amos Gitai’s Ana Arabia.

FEDEORA Awards (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean). Venezia 70: Best Euro-Mediterranean Film: Alexandros Avranas’s Miss Violence. Venice Days: Best Film: Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem. Best Young Director: Milko Lazarov for Alienation. Special Mention: Jean Denizot for The Good Life). Critics Week: Best Film: Rok Biček’s Class Enemy. Best Cinematography: Inti Briones for The Quispe Girls). Special Mention: Anna Odell for The Reunion.

Online Critics Award. Mouse d’Oro: Stephen Frears’s Philomena. Mouse d’Argento: Frederick Wiseman’s At Berkeley.

Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola Award: Gianfranco Rosi’s Sacro Gra.

Queer Lion: Stephen Frears’s Philomena.

ArcaCinemaGiovani Award: Alexandros Avranas’s Miss Violence.

Brian Award: Philomena.

Cinema for Unicef Award: Philomena.

Civitas Vitae Award: Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life.

Fondazione Rotella Award: Gianni Amelio for The Lonely Hero.

Future Digital Award: Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.

Gillo Pontecorvo Arcobaleno Latino Award: Costanza Quatriglio’s short, Con Il Fiato Sospeso.

Green Drop Award: Amos Gitai’s Ana Arabia.

Lina Mangiacapre Award: Emma Dante’s A Street in Palermo.

Padre Nazareno Taddei Award: Philomena.

Schermi di qualità Award: Matteo Oleotto’s Zoran, My Nephew the Idiot.

Fondazione Ente dello Spettacolo Robert Bresson Award: Amos Gitai.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2013 prize: Ettore Scola.

L’Oreal Paris per il Cinema Award: Eugenia Costantini.

Persol Award: Andrzej Wajda.

Premio Bianchi: Enzo d’Alò.

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