The winners of the 72nd Venice Film Festival have been announced and South America triumphed with the top two wins; The Golden Lion and The Silver Lion. The Golden Lion went to Venezeula’s From Afar from Lorenzo Vigas. The Silver Lion was awarded to Argentina’s The Clan from Pablo Trapero. From Afar is Vigas’s first feature and tells the story of an older gay man in Caracas who pays younger men for their company. The Clan details the story of the Puccio Clan, an Argentine crime family who were convicted of four kidnappings and three murders in the 1980s.
The Jury Grand Prize went to the animated film Anomalisa from Academy Award winning director Charlie Kaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and Duke Johnson.
American actor/director Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin) walked off with two awards, one for the Luigi de Laurentis Lion of the Future and from the Horizons Jury he was awarded Best Director for his feature film debut, Childhood of a Leader. Speaking of debuts, young Abraham Attah won the Marchello Mastroianni Prize for Young Performer for his performance in Beasts of No Nation. The film Courted also won two awards; one for Best Actor for Fabrice Luchini and for its screenplay. Actress Valeria Golino picked up the Best Actress award for Per amor vostro. She ties Shirley MacLaine and Isabelle Huppert as the only two time Volpi Cup winners.
The jury was presided over by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity).
Full list of winners:
“From Afar” (Lorenzo Vigas)
“The Clan” (Pablo Trapero)
JURY GRAND PRIZE
“Anomalisa” (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“Frenzy” (Emin Alper)
Fabrice Luchini (“Courted”)
Valeria Golino (“Per amor vostro”)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER
Abraham Attah (“Beasts of No Nation)
Christian Vincent (“Courted”)
LUIGI DE LAURENTIS LION OF THE FUTURE
“The Childhood of a Leader,” Brady Corbett (U.S.)
“Free in Deed” (Jake Mahaffi)
Brady Corbet “Childhood of a Leader”
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“Neon Bull” (Gabriel Mascaro)
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS
Dominique Leborne (“Tempete”) by Samuel Collardey
“Belladonna,” Dubravna Turic