Happening takes top prize at the Venice Film Festival

Published By Tribute on Sep 13, 2021

Anamaria Vartolomei in L'événement/The Happening

This year's Venice Film Festival has just concluced with French abortion drama Happening walking away with the event's top honor, the Golden Lion for Best Film.

The victory for director Audrey Diwan's film comes amidst the tense climate in the U.S. after the implementation of new restrictive anti-abortion laws passed in the state of Texas.

Taking the Silver Lion award for Best Director was Jane Campion's neo-western The Power of the Dog set for release on Netflix.

Other notable winners include Italian director Pablo Sorrentino's autobiographical film The Hand of God, which took the Grand Jury Prize and Best Young Actor awards, as well as Maggie Gyllenhaal who took Best Screenplay for her directorial debut The Lost Daughter.

Golden Lion for Best Film

Happening, dir. Audrey Diwan

Grand Jury Prize

The Hand of God, dir. Paolo Sorrentino

Best Director

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best Actor

John Arcilla for On The Job: The Missing 8

Best Actress

Penelope Cruz for Parallel Mothers

Best Screenplay

Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter

Best Young Actor

Filippo Scotti for The Hand of God

Special Jury Prize

Il Buco, dir. Michelangelo Frammartino

Luigi de Luarentis Award

Imaculat, dir. Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark


Horizons Sidebar

Best Film

Pilgrims, dir. Laurynas Bareisa

Best Director

Eric Gravel for Full Time

Special Jury Prize 

The Great Movement dir. Kiro Russo

Best Actor

Piseth Chhun for White Building

Best Actress 

Laure Calamy for Full Time

Best Screenplay

Peter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovsky for 107 Mothers

Best Short Film

Los huesos, dirs. Cristobal Leon, Joaquin Cocina


Horizons Extra

Audience Award Armani beauty

The Blind Man Who Didn't Want to See Titanic, dir. Teemu Nikki

Venice VR Expanded

Best VR Story

End of Night, dir. David Adler

Best VR Experience

Le bal de Paris, dir. Blanca Lee

Best VR Work

Goliath Playing with Reality, dirs. Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla

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