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‘Poor Things’ Takes Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival



As pundits made their Golden Lion predictions within the final days of the Venice Movie Pageant, the final consensus was that all of it relied on what sort of temper Damien Chazelle’s competitors jury was in: playful, wherein case Yorgos Lanthimos’s early crucial darling “Poor Things” would sweep to victory; or sober, which might tilt the prize towards both of two pressing movies concerning the world migrant disaster, breaking later within the fest, Matteo Garrone’s “Me Captain” and Agnieszka Holland’s “Green Border.”

Ultimately, the jury break up the distinction, handing main prizes to all three movies, plus Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s quiet, cryptic environmental fable “Evil Does Not Exist.” However playfulness in the end pulled forward. “Poor Things,” a delirious grownup fantasy starring Emma Stone as a sexy Frankenwoman on a wild coming-of-age journey, took the Golden Lion for finest movie of the pageant, making good on the breathless buzz surrounding it since its premiere within the early days of the pageant. 

Lanthimos’s lavish, Searchlight Footage-backed movie was met with one of the crucial unilaterally glowing receptions for any Venice premiere in latest reminiscence, as critics and audiences alike thrilled to its bawdy, offbeat comedy, dazzling visible spectacle and pointed message of feminist empowerment. In a rave evaluate, Selection’s critic described it as “a vast absurdist odyssey, positively compact at a galloping 141 minutes, that takes in a groaning buffet of settings and ripe secondary characters — all played with relish by a dream ensemble.” Stated ensemble additionally contains Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ramy Youssef and Jerrod Carmichael.

Lanthimos’s win comes 5 years after he took the runner-up Grand Jury Prize for his dizzy royalty farce “The Favourite,” which additionally took Finest Actress for Olivia Colman, en path to an awards-season run that culminated in 10 Oscar nominations and a win for Colman. Searchlight, which additionally steered “The Favourite,” shall be planning one other full-steam marketing campaign in just about all classes for “Poor Things,” which was additionally celebrated Telluride and can subsequent play on the New York Movie Pageant; it hits theatres Stateside on December 8.

Producer-star Stone’s tour-de-force as a literal woman-child, evolving earlier than our eyes, could have been one of the crucial mentioned performances of the pageant — however with Venice guidelines dictating that the Golden Lion champ can’t win the rest, that cleared the way in which for one more Finest Actress victor. The beneficiary was a fellow American: 25-year-old Cailee Spaeny, a revelation to many because the younger Priscilla Presley in Sofia Coppola’s intimate biopic “Priscilla,” which calls on the star to play Elvis Presley’s ex-wife from her early teenagers to her early thirties. Selection’s Owen Gleiberman praised Spaeny for “[making] Priscilla a figure of strength, but the force of her performance is how she enacts her slow-motion melancholy.” In a short, overwhelmed speech, Spaeny devoted her award to Presley “for trusting me with something truly complex, so personal and difficult.”

Giving the night time’s longest and most impassioned speech, Peter Sarsgaard gained Finest Actor for his flip as a dementia-stricken New York widower in Michel Franco’s “Memory,” a efficiency deemed “unforgettable” by Peter Debruge in his Selection evaluate. In one among a number of allusions through the ceremony to the continuing WGA and SAG strikes, an emotional Sarsgaard mentioned, “All of the issues regarding fair pay are important, but the issue that’s stuck with me is AI,” elaborating that “the work we do is about connection, this animated space between us.” “If we lose that battle, our industry will be the first of many to fall,” he warned, concluding that “disconnection paves the way for atrocities.” He shared his award, he mentioned, with co-star Jessica Chastain: “People talk about losing themselves in roles, but we found ourselves in ours.”

Japanese director Hamaguchi, an Oscar winner final yr for his Chekhov-inspired intimate epic “Drive My Car,” gained the Grand Jury Prize for “Evil Does Not Exist,” a thorny parable protesting capitalist improvement of rural environments that drew a lot admiration from critics — in addition to intensive debate over its ambiguous, enigmatic ending. Selection’s Jessica Kiang described it as [a swing] away from its prior axis of cautious, melancholy optimism towards one thing far colder, wintrier and extra fraught.” The movie probably gained’t unite opinion as a lot as “Drive My Car” did, however it seems to be to be one of many main arthouse dialog items of the subsequent yr.

Of the 2 migrant-themed movies, Garrone’s sweeping “Me Captain” was probably the most profitable, taking two prizes: Finest Director for the Italian auteur, and Finest Younger Actor for its exceptional teenage lead Seydou Sarr, a TikTok star in his native Senegal, and totally commanding as a susceptible boy on an arduous journey throughout Africa, in an try and cross to Italy. Veteran Polish director Holland needed to accept the Particular Jury Prize for her harrowing “Green Border,” a portrait of a Syrian household fleeing ISIS for Belarus, which many presumed was Lanthimos’s chief impediment to the Golden Lion. In a staunchly political speech, Holland known as out European leaders for failing to help within the disaster, “not because we don’t have the resources, but because we don’t want to.”

Rounding out the Competitors awards, Finest Screenplay went to Chilean director Pablo Larraín  and co-writer Guillermo Calderón for a really totally different political assertion: the Netflix-produced “El Conde,” a pitch-black comedian horror which pictures former dictator Augusto Pinochet nonetheless roaming the earth as a really thirsty vampire. Providing a shoutout to placing WGA scribes, Larraín pledged his “passion and compassion for the writers.”

One other political comedy, Hungarian director Gabor Reisz’s sprawlingly bold “Explanation for Everything,” took the highest prize within the pageant’s secondary Horizons competitors; Selection’s critic praised the “confidently imposing” movie a few right-wing media circus surrounding a high-schooler’s failed finals examination, as “escalatingly absurd but underpinned by a mordant plausibility throughout.” In one thing of a shock, the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Finest Debut Function went to Taiwanese actor-director Lee Hong-Chi’s movie “Love is a Gun,” which premiered exterior the pageant’s official choice, within the Critics’ Week sidebar. 

The highest prize on the pageant’s VR-oriented Venice Immersive sidebar, in the meantime, went to Dutch director Celine Daemen’s extremely ingenious “Song for a Passerby,” which inspires viewers to look at themselves as ghosts, or to see themselves as parts in a dreamworld — one thing that is also mentioned for Lanthimos’s triumphant imaginative and prescient.


Golden Lion for Finest Movie: “Poor Things,” Yorgos Lanthimos
Grand Jury Prize: “Evil Does Not Exist,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Silver Lion for Finest Director: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone
Particular Jury Prize: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland
Finest Screenplay: “El Conde,” Guillermo Calderón, Pablo Larraín
Volpi Cup for Finest Actress: “Priscilla,” Cailee Spaeny
Volpi Cup for Finest Actor: “Memory,” Peter Sarsgaard
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Finest Younger Actor: “Me Captain,” Seydou Sarr

Finest Movie: “Explanation for Everything,” Gabor Reisz
Finest Director: “Paradise is Burning,” Mika Gustafson
Particular Jury Prize: “An Endless Sunday,” Alain Parroni
Finest Actress: “El Paraiso,” Margarita Rosa De Francisco
Finest Actor: “City of Wind,” Tergel Daring-Erdene
Finest Screenplay: “El Paraiso,” Enrico Maria Artale
Finest Quick Movie: “A Short Trip,” Erenik Beqiri

Luigi de Laurentiis Award for Finest Debut Function: “Love is a Gun,” Lee Hong-Chi

Viewers Award: “Felicita,” Micaela Ramazzotti

Finest Documentary on Cinema: “Thank You Very Much,” Alex Braverman
Finest Restored Movie: “Moving,” Shinji Sōmai

Grand Jury Prize: “Song for a Passerby,” Celine Daemen
Particular Jury Prize: “Flow,” Adriaan Lokman
Achievement Prize: “Emperor,” Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen

VENICE DAYS (introduced earlier)
GdA Director’s Award: “Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person,” Ariane Louis-Seize
Viewers Award: “Through the Night,” Delphine Girard
Europa Cinemas Label Award: “Photophobia,” Ivan Ostrochovsky, Pavol Pekarčík

CRITICS’ WEEK (introduced earlier)
Grand Prize: “Malqueridas,” Tana Gilbert
Particular Point out: Saura Lightfoot Leon in “Hoard” and Ariane Labed in “The Vourdalak,” for his or her performances
Viewers Award: “Hoard,” Luna Carmoon
Verona Movie Membership Award for Most Modern Movie: “Hoard,” Luna Carmoon
Mario Serandrei – Lodge Saturnia Award for Finest Technical Contribution: “Malqueridas,” Tana Gilbert
Finest Quick Movie: “The Lost Memories of Trees,” Antonio Le Digital camera
Finest Director (Quick Movie): “Ender’s Line,” Gabriele Biasi
Finest Technical Contribution (Quick Movie): “We Should All Be Futurists,” Angela Norelli

COLLATERAL AWARDS (introduced earlier)

FIPRESCI Award: “Evil Does Not Exist,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi
FIPRESCI Award for Finest Movie from Orizzonti and Parallel Sections: “An Endless Sunday,” Alain Parroni

Queer Lion Award: “Housekeeping for Beginners,” Goran Stolevski

ARCA CinemaGiovani Awards
Finest Movie in Venice: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland
Finest Italian Movie in Venice: “El Praiso,” Enrico Maria Artale

Authors Beneath 40 Awards
Finest Directing and Screenwriting: Luna Carmoon, “Hoard”
Finest Screenwriting: Mika Gustafson, “Paradise is Burning”
Particular Point out: “Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person,” Ariane Louis-Seize, Christine Doyon
Particular Point out for Modifying: “Malqueridas,” Javira Velozo, Tana Gilbert

Brian Award: “Tatami,” Man Nattiv, Zar Amir Ebrahimi

Pietro Bianchi Award: Sergio Castellitto

XXXV CICT – UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone

Cinema & Arts Awards
Finest Movies: “Backstage,” Afef Ben Mahmoud, Khalil Benkirane; “Making Of,” Cédric Kahn
Particular Point out devoted to a multidisciplinary artist: Chong Keat Aun, “Snow in Midsummer”

Premio CinemaSarà: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland
Particular Point out: “Evil Does Not Exist,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Civitas Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone

Edipo Re Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone

Ca’ Foscari Younger Jury Award: “Evil Does Not Exist,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente: “Evil Does Not Exist,” Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Particular Point out for therapy of points associated to atmosphere): “Housekeeping for Beginners,” Goran Stolevski
Particular Point out for therapy of points associated to work): “Making Of,” Cédric Kahn; “The Red Suitcase,” Fidel Devkota

Fanheart3 Awards
Graffetta d’Oro for Finest Movie: “Dogman,” Luc Besson
Nave d’Argento for Finest OTP: to the characters Sasha and Paul in “Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person,” Ariane Louis-Seize 
XR Fan Expertise: “Gargoyle Doyle,” Ethan Shaftel
XR Particular Point out: “Pixel Ripped 1978,” Ana Ribeiro

Federazione Italiana dei Cineclub Awards
Finest Movie: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone
Particular Point out: “Anna,” Marco Amenta
Particular Point out Finest Quick Movie: “We Should All Be Futurists,” Angela Norelli
Jury Particular Prize: “Passione Critica,” Simone Isola, Franco Montini, Patrizia Pistagnesi

Francesco Pasinetti Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone

Inexperienced Drop Award: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland; “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone
Particular Point out: “Materia Viva,” Stefania Vialetto, Marco Falorni, Andrea Frassoni

ImpACT Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone

Lanterna Magica Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone

UNICEF Leoncino d’Oro Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone
Cinema for UNICEF: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland

Lizzani Award: “Invelle,” Simone Massi

Nuovoimaie Expertise Awards
Finest New Younger Actor: Gianmarco Franchini, “Adagio”
Finest New Younger Actress: Sara Ciocca, “Nina dei Lupi”

La Pellicola d’Oro Awards
Finest Manufacturing Director: Claudia Cravotta, “Me Captain”
Finest Digital camera Operator: Massimiliano Kuveiller, “Finally Dawn”
Finest Set Designer: Simona Balducci, “Comandante”

Robert Bresson Award: Mario Martone

SIGNIS Award: “Me Captain,” Matteo Garrone
Particular Point out: “The Promised Land,” Nikolaj Arcel

Sorriso Diverso Venezia Awards
Finest Italian Movie: “The Penitent – A Rational Man,” Luca Barbareschi
Finest International Movie: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland

Premio Soundtrack Stars Award
Finest Soundtrack: “Me Captain,” Andrea Farri
Particular Point out: “The Killer,” Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Particular Prize: “Adagio,” Subsonica
Particular Prize: Levante for the track “Leggera” in “Romantiche”

Mediterranean College Union Awards
Finest Movie: “Poor Things,” Yorgos Lanthimos
Prize for Cultural Variety: “Green Border,” Agnieszka Holland

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