Venice Film Festival Winners: ‘Joker’ Is Golden Lion; Roman Polanski’s ‘An Officer And A Spy’ Takes Grand Jury Prize

While nothing is certain until the winners are named, Lido scuttlebutt has been that the jury may look to make a statement with its Golden Lion laureate.
Best VR Experience
Best Restoration
Silver Lion, Best Director
Elsewhere, Italy's Martin Eden was also warmly welcomed. Overall, and for Hollywood, among the biggest show-stopping moments of the past 10 days was the world premiere of Warner Bros' Joker with a mesmerizing turn by star Joaquin Phoenix. Also highly-praised are such titles as Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story. The Netflix pic is a harrowing, superbly-acted look at divorce with strong lead performances from Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson.
Toby Wallace, Babyteeth
Best VR
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Best VR Story
An Officer And A Spy: dir: Roman Polanski
Best Documentary on Cinema
Jessica Palud, Revenir
Theo Court; Blanco En Blanco
Best Short Film
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
And, it's anybody's guess which way Lucrecia Martel's jury will swing. It's been another year replete with strong movies hungry for awards season attention, as well as a fair share of controversy. Refresh for latest…: The 76th Venice Film Festival draws to a close tonight with the winners about to be announced from inside the Sala Grande on the Lido.
Daughters Of Chibok; dir: Joel Kachi Benson
Babenco; dir: Barbara Paz
Best Actress
A Linha; dir: Ricardo Laganaro
The Key; dir: Céline Tricart
Ariane Ascaride; Gloria Mundi
Best Screenplay
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
Luca Marinelli, Martin Eden
Volpi Cup, Best Actress
Joker; dir: Todd Phillips
Volpi Cup, Best Actor
Special Jury Prize
Any win tonight would certainly seem to cement the divide between U.S. and Euro perspectives in the #MeToo era. Among the most contested titles, from even before the fest kicked off, is Roman Polanski's An Officer And A Spy which nevertheless held sway with Italian critics in an annual poll.
Best Director
Roy Andersson; About Endlessness
Sami Bouajila; A Son
Golden Lion
Marta Nieto; Madre
Darling; dir: Saim Sadiq
Special Jury Prize
Best Actor
LION OF THE FUTURE — LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Best Screenplay
Yonfan; No. 7 Cherry Lane
Verdict; dir: Raymund Ribay Guttierez
Atlantis; dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych
HORIZONS
We'll know more in just a little while, so stay tuned and check back for the winners as they are updated below.
La Mafia Non E Più Quello Di Una Volta; dir: Franco Moresco
VENICE CLASSICS
Grand Jury Prize
You Will Die At 20; dir: Amjad Abu Alala
Best Film
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‘Joker’ Roars To Golden Lion In Venice & Smiles Towards Oscar Race

Ultimately, both Phillips and Phoenix returned to Venice tonight to accept the festival's top honor. Did anyone think Lucrecia Martel's jury was going to anoint it with the top honor Golden Lion? Todd Phillips' Joker already seemed poised for a win at the Venice Film Festival after its eight-minute standing ovation last week. Bravo! Word on the ground mostly surrounded star Joaquin Phoenix's turn as the tortured and titular Arthur Fleck.
So far, it has paid off. Warner Bros has had good luck out of Venice in past years, but world premiering a comic book movie here was a bold risk. Venice has increasingly become an awards season launchpad — three of the last five Best Picture Oscar winners began their career on the Lido.
There is no movie, he said, "without Joaquin."” /> Phoenix, who won a Volpi Cup Best Actor prize in 2012 for The Master, briefly stepped up on stage tonight with Phillips who thanked the "wild and eclectic group or jurors" and noted there were "so many directors on the panel." He also gave a nod to Warner Bros and DC for "getting out of their comfort zone and taking a big swing" on Joker.
She added that the rules here prevented giving Joker both the Golden Lion, and the acting prize. After the awards ceremony, jury member Mary Harron said, "They took a comic book mythology that has been done in so many ways and overturned it and revitalized it for now" with compassion. Harron was also very impressed with "the magnificent performance" of Phoenix.

Venice Film Festival: Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ Wins Golden Lion; ‘The Favourite’ Takes Grand Jury Prize – Full List

An ode to Cuaron's Mexico City childhood, Roma, co-produced by Participant Media and Cuarón’s Esperanto Filmoj, has been embraced here on the Lido and its momentum accelerated when it hit Telluride, as Deadline's Pete Hammond noted earlier this week.
Golden Lion
Joel & Ethan Coen, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs
Special Jury Prize
Netflix also scored with Joel and Ethan Coen's The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs winning the Best Screenplay prize. He sent a message to say the prize "reassures me for a little while." Megan Ellison's company also scored with The Sisters Brothers, for which Jacques Audiard took the Best Director Silver Lion. They were not in attendance, so star Tim Blake Nelson briefly accepted on their behalf. This was one of two wins for Annapurna tonight as well.
Colman said she was "in love with Venice" and so happy the festival was "in love with the movie" in turn. A crowd favorite here, Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite, won the Grand Jury Prize, while one of its three strong female leads, Olivia Colman, took the Best Actress Volpi Cup. She seemed genuinely moved reading from a piece of paper on which her husband had written out a message in phonetic Italian.
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Kais Nasif, Tel Aviv On Fire
Last year this time, del Toro was about to win the Golden Lion for The Shape Of Water, riding a strand of laurels all the way to a Best Picture Oscar. It would also be the second year in a row a film from a Mexican helmer had an important showing.
Volpi Cup, Best Actor
L’Ile Des Morts, dir: Benjamin Nuel
Kado, dir: Aditya Ahmad
Del Toro asked, "How do you say hyperbole in Italian? Roma had originally been offered a slot in Cannes, but Netflix ultimately pulled its films from consideration there since they were not eligible for the competition. The fact that Netflix had so many films in Venice this year was a hot-button topic, particularly striking a sour note with Italian distributors. It’s a continuation of a process that started a hundred years ago." I don’t think this is the beginning of the end of anything. It was suggested to del Toro this evening that the fact that a Netflix movie has won the Golden Lion signaled the beginning of the end.
Best Screenplay
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Restoration
The feminine force is the most powerful and healing force on the planet. We need you. I hope and am confident we'll see more and more women inhabiting this space." In accepting, Kent said, "To all those women out there wanting to make films, please go and do it.
Add to that Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s Never Look Away, Paul Greengrass' 22 July and more. Such titles as Alfonso Cuaron’s black-and-white Mexican ode to the filmmaker’s youth Roma, a favorite of local critics; Yorgos Lanthimos’ period comedy The Favourite; Jacques Audiard’s western The Sisters Brothers and Damien Chazelle’s First Man were among the best received. Guillermo del Toro’s jury has a strong lineup to choose from this year.
The Favourite, dir: Yorgos Lanthimos
Best Documentary on Cinema
The Great Buster: A Celebration, dir: Peter Bogdanovich
Ozen (The River), dir: Emir Baigazin
Del Toro further noted the decision to award Roma was "entirely unanimous by the entire jury. So, 9-0."
Best VR Story
Spheres: Chorus Of The Cosmos, dir: Eliza McNitt
VENICE CLASSICS
Best VR
Best Short Film
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film
Roma, dir: Alfonso Cuaron
This film is a gift to all audiences, transcending language and cultural barriers and inspiring compassion across the globe.” Netflix is doing an awards-qualifying theatrical run for the movie that Cuaron wrote, directed, produced and shot, and which is now firmly on the path. Participant CEO and exec producer of Roma, David Linde said working with Cuaron on the film "has already been an amazing journey for everyone at Participant, and we are beyond thrilled that his brilliant film has been honored with the Golden Lion.
Best Actress
The full list of tonight's winners is below the original post.
Best VR Experience
La Notte Di San Lorenzo, dirs: Paolo Vittorio Taviani” />
Anons (The Announcement), dir: Mahmut Fazil Coskun
Best Actor
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(The full list of winners is below the original post.) Del Toro was jury president this year and in announcing his dear friend as the winner, joked, "Now, let me see if I can pronounce the name correctly." As it did last year with Shape, the press room erupted in applause when Roma won.
Manta Ray, dir: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Pema Tseden, Jinpa
VENICE VIRTUAL REALITY
Audiard was a vocal supporter of gender parity at film festivals this week, and del Toro's jury also rewarded The Nightingale, the sole competition movie directed by a woman, with two prizes. The film from Jennifer Kent took the Best New Young Actor Award for first-time feature actor Baykali Ganambarr and won the Special Jury Prize.
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity's Gate
Silver Lion, Best Director
Buddy VR, dir: Chuck Chae
Best Screenplay
Jacques Audiard, The Sisters Brothers
He quipped, "Do you really need an answer to that?" Cuaron tonight said the award and the Venice festival are "incredibly meaningful to me." He previously opened the festivities in 2013 with Gravity and was jury president two years ago. At the post-awards press conference, Cuaron was asked if it was more meaningful to him that Roma marks Netflix’s first big win at a major festival, or if he was prouder of the movie on a personal level. He also noted the serendipity of today being the birthday of the woman upon whom Roma is based.
Natalya Kudryashova, The Man Who Surprised Everyone
Special Jury Prize
Best Film
HORIZONS
Volpi Cup, Best Actress
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The Nightingale, dir: Jennifer Kent
Dafoe called Italy his adopted country, recalling that he first came to Venice 30 years ago with Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ and thanked Schnabel for "the gift of being his Vincent." Best Actor was Willem Dafoe for playing Vincent Van Gogh in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate.
This is the first movie from Netflix to take such an honor at a major festival, and the second movie in a row from a Mexican filmmaker to win here. UPDATE, writethru with backstage comments: Alfonso Cuaron's black-and-white Mexican drama Roma has scooped the Golden Lion at the 75th Venice Film Festival. Last year, Guillermo del Toro's Golden Lion winner, The Shape Of Water, went all the way to a Best Picture Oscar.
Best Director
Baykali Ganambarr, The Nightingale
FULL LIST OF WINNERS
The Day I Lost My Shadow, dir: Soudade Kaadan
This festival was punctuated by controversy from having selected only one woman in the main competition to the fact that Netflix factored so heavily, something that riled local distributors. Should Roma win big here, it would be the first time the streaming service takes a major prize on the Lido.
An offbeat and scathingly funny period comedy set in the time of Queen Anne, it's a co-fi from Fox Searchlight and the UK's Film4 in a similar set up to last year's Venice Best Screenplay winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri which ultimately scored Frances McDormand the Best Actress Oscar.
Grand Jury Prize

Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Headed To Venice After First Hollywood Screening Impresses Exhibitors

The long-gestating unfinished final film of Orson Welles, The Other Side Of The Wind, has also been trying to work out a Venice appearance, but nothing has been firmed as of yet. Fox Searchlight, which saw its The Shape of Water travel all the way from the Lido to the Best Picture Oscar, will be back again this year we hear with director Yorgos Lanthimos' latest The Favourite starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz. Netflix funded the completed film (shot originally in the 1970s) and you can probably be assured it will turn up in Telluride, probably as a world premiere, if not Venice also.
It's interesting to see my version, it's interesting to see Judy Garland's (1954) version, you know even go back to 1937 (Janet Gaynor's version). The story works every time." As the nascent awards season takes shape, it feels like Warners is going to be in it big-time with this rebirth that was produced in association with Live Nation Productions and MGM. Buzz has been steadily building  for the film. Even Barbra Streisand, who of course starred in the 1976 version, has offered praise for it since seeing "parts of it" that Cooper showed her. "I'm really proud of him — he did a great job on this film," she told me when we spoke last month. "I think it's a story that works.
As reported yesterday, the upcoming edition of Venice that runs August 29-September 8 is shaping up to be another with a heavy major studio presence for Oscar contenders, with Universal having grabbed the opening-night slot for Damien Chazelle's Neil Armstrong tale First Man, starring Ryan Gosling as the legendary astronaut who was first to walk on the moon in 1969.
was incredibly divisive in 2017. And, although his Black Swan had taken flight in Venice years before, Darren Aronofsky’s mother! Last year was notable for opening film Downsizing, which was well-received locally, not breaking through. To be sure, there have been stumbles.
He returned to the festival in 2012 after being ousted in 2002 when Silvio Berlusconi came to power in Italy. Venice is the world’s oldest film festival and has certainly throughout its history debuted major movies. But its current streak and overall reinvigoration is largely attributed to artistic director Alberto Barbera. He has made nary a misstep since.
Venice launched a market a few years back to muted success; the overlap with Toronto means it’s not a massive hunting ground. However, the agencies and studios regularly send scouts for finished product.
Barbera has previously told me he saw Gravity and Birdman help to “reestablish a sort of international appeal for Venice from the point of view of launching a film." He also laughed at the time, "I don’t think it will transform Venice into a sort of studio department for the marketing of their films."
But the end of summer has taken on a new meaning for Hollywood there as the Venice Film Festival has grown to become the global launchpad for awards contenders. In studio distribution circles, Italy is notoriously difficult to program during the summer.
A Star Is Born is also expected to be listed among TIFF's North American premieres. It should certainly turn out to be one of the hotter, more anticipated titles when Venice formally announces its schedule next Wednesday — a day after we get the first wave of films from the Toronto Film Festival which has its press conference Tuesday.
EXCLUSIVE: Multiple sources tell Deadline that Bradley Cooper's A Star Is Born is headed to the Venice Film Festival. Although no one is officially confirming it, we have been told the festival will screen the Warner Bros movie out of competition as a world premiere on Friday, August 31. That will be one of several major awards films to launch in Venice, with the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Favourite starring Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz also on premiering there along with Alfonso Cuaron's Roma and Damien Chazelle's First Man, which opens the festival.
We’ll know his level of satisfaction on the 2018 curation on Wednesday, when the full selection is announced.” /> When Barbera unveiled last year’s roster, he said he was “97% satisfied," but that "all the films that we saw and wanted to have" were there.
While Cannes, for example, grapples with shifts in the business (and is hamstrung by French law), Barbera has zoomed ahead like a vaporetto crossing the Grand Canal. He was the first major festival chief to include Netflix in competition with Beasts of No Nation in 2015 (winning a prize for young star Abraham Attah that year). The event has also been very forward-thinking in a changing landscape. Barbera also has overseen the inclusion of a VR section, the first of its kind. And, before gender parity became the flashpoint for festivals that it has in the past year, Annette Bening was named jury president in 2017 to "break with a long list of male presidents and invite a brilliant, talented and inspiring woman to chair our International competition jury," Barbera said last year.
The film stars Natalie Portman who was last on the Lido with Pablo Larrain’s Jackie, which ultimately scored her an Oscar nomination. Another Venice returnee is expected in Brady Corbet, whose Vox Lux should score a slot. Craig Zahler with Dragged Across Concrete. This year should also see the return of S. A Concrete media opp would see Vaughn in town with his Hacksaw Ridge director Mel Gibson who also stars in the film and premiered the latter in Venice two years ago. His Brawl In Cell Block 99 debuted on the Lido last year with star Vince Vaughn receiving strong notices. Another no-brainer for Venice is Amazon's remake of Suspiria which has strong Italian roots since Dario Argento, director of the 1970 original, and Luca Guadagnino, director of the new version,  are both from Italy.
Chazelle is returning this year after opening it in 2016 with La La Land, and we expect Alfonso Cuaron's Roma (after 2013’s Gravity and heading the jury in 2016) from Netflix to make its world premiere (in addition to its New York Film Festival centerpiece slot, it will also be headed to Telluride we hear, a natural spot to also pay tribute to the director). In a testament to the festival, filmmakers have shown their appreciation for Venice by appearing in return engagements. His amigo Guillermo del Toro won Venice's Golden Lion last year and is back as jury president for the 75th edition this year; Denis Villeneuve, Tom Ford and Terrence Malick have also had more than one film world premiere in the Sala Grande, and Stephen Frears is a regular.
Under Barbera's curation, such films as Gravity, Birdman, La La Land, Hacksaw Ridge, Spotlight, Arrival and last year’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Shape of Water have been key fixtures during awards season and account for three Best Picture Oscar winners among dozens of other statues in myriad categories and from various bodies.
Some have also reaped major box office success. While that may not be entirely attributable to a Venice bow, the Lido does offer a unique media opportunity that churns out indellible images of stars rocking up by boat to the fest’s main dock. Those are gorged on by the consumer press, helping to raise the profile of films and lend an air of accessibility to Venice.
As ever, the first few days of Venice this year can be expected to be frontloaded with the splashier titles which then make their way to Toronto and/or Telluride, hopefully leaving a trail of Oscar buzz behind.
Reaction from top exhibs was through the roof, at least those I heard from. The first screening of the film, which marks Cooper's directorial debut and in which he co-stars with Lady Gaga, was actually held by Warner Bros for exhibitors Wednesday at the state-of-the-art Dolby Screening Room at Hollywood and Vine. Another from a large chain said the film was "fantastic" and noted the sound in the concert scenes made you feel as if you were actually there live. One major theater owner predicted Oscar nominations across the board including Picture, Director, Actor and Actress, and big box office when it opens October 5. He also predicted Oscar buzz for both leads and was particularly impressed by Cooper's singing. Cooper appeared in person at the screening to introduce it.
Although some Venice critics will gripe that the fest has "gone Hollywood," many of the marquee titles have been stories with global elements and/or impact. For example, this year's opener, First Man, is an American tale, but its basis had repercussions for the world.
Del Toro’s Shape of Water is the only recent Golden Lion winner to mirror that success at the Oscars. The highest-profile movies that debut in Venice do not always win local prizes. Gravity was not in competition in its year, raising the hackles of the press corps, while Birdman and Spotlight left the Lido empty-handed.
The annual Lido event is courted by the studios who see gold spun off that Italian resort island. More favorably placed on the calendar than Cannes or Berlin, and running just ahead of Telluride and Toronto, Venice is seen internationally as a key arbiter of movies we’ll be talking about throughout the fall and straight into the Dolby Theatre. The festival’s ability to identify — and score — prestige titles that break beyond the traditional "festival film" label has grown exponentially.