Saturday, September 8, 2012

69th Venice Film Festival: Award Winners

The 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival has now come to an end, with the closing awards ceremony held Saturday (September 8) evening in the famed Sala Grande at the Palazzo del Cinema.

The winner of this year's Golden Lion for Best Feature Film was Pieta from South Korean director Kim Ki-duk, a story about a ruthless debt collector and the woman who claims to be his mother, starring Cho Min-soo and Lee Jung-jin. This is the first Korean film to win the Grand Prize at a major international film festival.

The Best Director trophy went to American director Paul Thomas Anderson, for his film The Master, which also saw stars Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman sharing the Volpi Cup for Best Actor.

The Volpi Cup for Best Actress went to Israeli actress Hadas Yaron, for her role in the film Fill the Void, directed by Rama Burshtein.

Read on for the full list of award winners from Venezia 69:

Golden Lion for Best Feature Film
  • Pieta (피에타)
    directed by Kim Ki-Duk
    South Korea South Korea
Special Jury Prize
  • Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube)
    directed by Ulrich Seidl
    Austria Austria, France France, Germany Germany
Silver Lion for Best Director
  • Paul Thomas Anderson
    for The Master
Volpi Cup for Best Actor
  • Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Master
    directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Volpi Cup for Best Actress
  • Hadas Yaron in Fill the Void (Lemale et ha'chalal)
    directed by Rama Burshtein
    Israel Israel
Osella for Best Screenplay
  • Something in the Air (Après Mai)
    directed by Olivier Assayas
    France France
Technical Prize (Cinematography)
  • Daniele Ciprì
    for It was the Son (È stato il figlio)
    Italy Italy
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor
  • Fabrizio Falco
    in It was the Son (È stato il figlio) directed by Daniele Ciprì
    and Dormant Beauty (Bella Addormentata) directed by Marco Bellocchio
    Italy Italy
Luigi de Laurentiis Lion of the Future Award for Best Debut Film
  • Mold (Küf)
    directed by Ali Aydin
    Turkey Turkey, Germany Germany
See the official press release.


The Angry Lurker said...

I've heard about The Master, set during the second world war and about a cult?

Murtaza Ali said...

Great coverage as always... thanks for keeping us all informed!!!

Storyteller Teller said...

Hi, it was a very confussing ceremony, but Copa Volpi Best Actor was won by Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Falco won also won for Bella Addormentata.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Thanks! corrected. Yeah, it was confusing. and it didn't help that I was streaming it from my phone with very low volume.

Bonjour Tristesse said...


Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yep, can't wait to see it.

pturner1010 said...

Wow The Master has come out of this well. So much incredible buzz around it, can't wait for it to be released.

d_4 said...

I've been wanting to see The Master more and more. Pieta sounds pretty interesting too, but I guess now I'm feeling much more inclined towards actually seeing it.

FrontRoomCinema said...

Thanks for this round up BT. I am gutted The Master is not featured at LFF this year

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah it must be an amazing film. Apparently the jury wanted to give it the Golden Lion as well, but the rules state that a single film can only win 2 major awards, so they gave it the grand prize to Pieta instead.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I believe it opens in early October, so the wait won't be too long.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I would think that the UK theatrical release shouldn't be too far off.

David Zou said...

Haven't seen many Kim-Kiduk film yet,I love Lee-Changdong's cinema more among there South Korean directors.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Me either, but I plan to catch up with him soon.

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