Venice 2021: L’Evénement, by Audrey Diwan, wins the Golden Lion

Jane Campion, Paolo Sorrentino and Penélope Cruz are also on the winners of the 78th Mostra.

Saturday evening, at the end of ten days of Mostra, the jury chaired by Bong Joon-ho, and in which notably sat Virginie Efira and Chloé Zhao, awarded the Golden Lion, unanimously, to The event, ofAudrey Diwan, one of the three French films in competition (with Lost Illusions, by Xavier Giannoli and Another world by Stéphane Brizé).

This adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s autobiographical story tells the story of the clandestine abortion of a young literary student (Anamaria Vartolomei) in France in the early sixties. “Unfortunately when you work on abortion you are always in the news“Said Audrey Diwan receiving her award – note that the filmmaker, who had signed but you are crazy in 2019, is also the co-writer of North Bac, by Cédric Jimenez, currently at the cinema. The event is announced in French theaters on February 2, 2022.

This Golden Lion confirms that 2021 will remain a historic year for female directors, since The event triumph in Venice after the success of Chloe Zhao at the Oscars for Nomadland (film which also won the Golden Lion last year) and the Palme d’Or awarded to Julia Ducournau in July for Titanium.

The pioneer Jane campion, for a long time the only woman to hold a Cannes Palm, was also rewarded last night, with a Director’s Prize for The Power of the Dog, which will be visible on Netflix in December.

In addition to The Power of the Dog, Netflix managed to place two more of its titles on the charts: The Hand of God, of Paolo Sorrentino, won the Grand Prix and the Marcello Mastroianni Prize for Most Promising Actor for Filippo Scotti, and The Lost Daughter, of Maggie Gyllenhaal, according to Elena Ferrante, the price of the screenplay.

The Best Actress Prize was awarded to Penelope cruz for Madres Paralelas, the new Pedro Almodovar, and the award for male interpretation at the Filipino John arcilla for On the Job 2: The Missing 8, Erik Matti’s HBO mini-series, shown in Venice as a feature film.

The complete winners of the 78th Venice Film Festival:

Golden Lion : The event by Audrey Diwan (France)

Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize : The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

Silver Lion – Best Achievement Award : The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion (Australia / New Zealand)

Best Actress Award : Penélope Cruz for Madres paralelas by Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

Best Actor Award : John Arcilla for On the Job 2: The Missing 8 Erik Matti (Philippines)

Marcello Mastroianni Prize for the best male or female hope : Filippo Scotti for The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

Special Jury Prize : He Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy)

Best Screenplay Award : Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter (United States)

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