2020 Venice International Film Festival Winners Announced: ‘Nomadland’ Takes Top Honor, The Golden Lion
The 2020 Venice International Film Festival ended earlier this week, awarding the film Nomadland with the Golden Lion and marking the first successful international industry event of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival took place in person, but thanks to a combination of sanitation and social distancing measures enforced, it seems that nobody has fallen ill.
The festival screened 48 films from all over the world, notably excluding A-list American movies. Especially popular, alongside Nomadland, were Pedro Almodóvar‘s The Human Voice, Gia Coppola’s Mainstream, Mona Fastvold’s The World To Come, and Kornel Mundruczo’s Pieces Of A Woman. No matter which film viewers were interested in, an online reservation system helped thin crowds and made it easy to guarantee seats to both the screenings and press releases. The film festival was praised for having been successful not only by regular standards, but also for staying organized and keeping its attendees safe during the ongoing pandemic.
As follows is the list of official awards within the main international competition:
Nomadland; dir: Chloé Zhao
Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize
Nuevo Orden; dir: Michel Franco
Silver Lion, Best Director
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wife Of A Spy
Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Vanessa Kirby, Pieces Of A Woman
Volpe Cup Best Actor
Pierfrancesco Favino, Padrenostro
Chaitanya Tamhane, The Disciple
Special Jury Prize
Dear Comrades, dir: Andrei Konchalovsky
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Roohollah Zamani, Sun Children
The list of awards in the Horizons section:
The Wasteland; dir: Ahmad Bahrami
Lav Diazn Genus Pan
Special Jury Prize
Listen, dir: Ana Rocha de Sousa
Khansa Batma, Zanka Contact
Yahya Mahayni, The Man Who Sold His Skin
Pietro Castellitto, I Predatori
Best Short Film
Entre Tú Y Milagros, dir: Mariana Saffon
Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis Award For A Debut Film
Listen, dir: de Sousa
Also awarded were two special Golden Lions For Lifetime Achievement, to Ann Hui and Tilda Swinton.
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