Venice Film Festival: L’Evenement wins Golden Lion

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Gut-punching drama wowed viewers with portrayal of younger lady determined to rearrange a termination in 1960s, when it might imply a jail time period or dying.

Audrey Diwan’s L’Evenement, or Happening, a movie about unlawful abortions in 1960s France, has received the Venice Film Festival’s high prize, the Golden Lion.

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The gut-punching drama impressed viewers with its portrayal of a younger lady determined to rearrange a termination, at a time when it might imply a jail time period or dying, to proceed together with her research.

“I did this movie with anger, with desire, with my belly, my guts, my heart and my head,” Diwan mentioned on Saturday as she accepted the award.

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L’Evenement is the second French movie to win a serious competition since Julia Ducournau’s serial-killer film Titane scooped the Palme D’Or in Cannes in July.

In a robust night time for ladies filmmakers, the very best director went to famed New Zealand auteur Jane Campion for her emotionally complicated Western The Power of the Dog, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

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And the very best screenplay award went to Maggie Gyllenhaal for her directorial debut The Lost Daughter, an unflinching take a look at the difficulties of balancing profession and motherhood starring British Oscar-winner Olivia Colman.

French director Audrey Diwan (L) embraces French Romanian actress Anamaria Vartolomei after receiving the Golden Lion [Filippo Monteforte/ AFP]

The glitzy competition on Venice’s beachfront Lido roared again to life this yr after a low-key occasion in 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, with stars again in drive and a robust lineup of worldwide movies.

The second-place Silver Lion went to beloved Italian director Paolo Sorrentino for his strikingly private The Hand of God about his youth within the gritty southern metropolis of Naples, which additionally earned the newcomer award for younger star Filippo Scotti.

But it was laborious to disregard the gender theme throughout many movies.

The competition closed with The Last Duel, taking part in out of competitors, a medieval jousting drama starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that went heavy on its message of historic injustice in the direction of ladies.

Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, in the meantime, turned the misogyny of Swinging Sixties London right into a slasher horror flick.

One lady who appears destined to seize the headlines within the coming months is Kristen Stewart, who wowed critics together with her flip as Princess Diana in Spencer.

But it was Spanish megastar Penelope Cruz who took home the very best actress award in Venice for her newest collaboration with veteran auteur Pedro Almodovar.

Parallel Mothers is a surprisingly political flip for the flamboyant filmmaker, exploring the trauma of the 1930s Spanish civil conflict alongside the story of two moms sharing a maternity ward.

Cruz had a busy competition, additionally starring alongside Antonio Banderas as egomaniacal filmmakers in Official Competition, which mercilessly ripped into their very own career.

The finest actor award was much less anticipated, going to Philippines star John Arcilla for the crime thriller On the Job: The Missing 8.

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz poses with the Coppa Volpi she obtained for Best Actress in Madres Paralelas (Parallel Mothers) [Filippo Monteforte/ AFP]

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