Jurors: Michael Mann (president), Marina Abramović, Laetitia Casta, Peter Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero|
|Golden Lion:||Pietà, South Korea, dir. Kim Ki-duk|
|Special Jury Prize:||Paradise: Faith, Austria, dir. Ulrich Seidl|
|Best Director:||The Master, USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson|
|Best Actress:||Fill the Void, Hadas Yaron|
|Best Actor:||The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix|
|Marcello Mastroianni Award:||Dormant Beauty and È stato il figlio, Fabrizio Falco|
|Best Screenplay:||Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas|
|Technical Contribution:||È stato il figlio, Daniele Ciprì (cinematography)|
|FIPRESCI Prize:||The Master, USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson|
|SIGNIS Award:||To the Wonder, USA, dir. Terrence Malick|
|Venice Horizons Award:||Three Sisters, China, dir. Wang Bing|
|Future Film Festival Digital Award:||Bad 25, USA, dir. Spike Lee|
Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Golden Lion:
Spring Breakers (USA, dir. Harmony Korine) -
Squalid but often stunning; a necrophile's autopsy of "innocent fun." Rare US movie where dialogue barely matters.
Something in the Air (France, dir. Olivier Assayas) -
Assayas makes great images even in most modest scenes. Tender, smart, but story devices get a little creaky.
The Master (USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) -
Boldface yet elliptical. Adventurously but vexingly disjointed. Profits and suffers from haze surrounding focal figures.
Fill the Void (Israel, dir. Rama Burshtein) -
Intensity of observation and tone constitutively bound up with stifled flatness. Unsubtle. Tough but memorable sit.
Thy Womb (Philippines, dir. Brillante Mendoza) -
Mendoza's good at blending vibrancy and modesty. Plot scenes are weakest. A bit too enamored of Aunor's wistful closeups.
Paradise: Faith (Austria, dir. Ulrich Seidl) -
Both too broadly pitched and too averse to probing its half-cloaked scenario to attain P:Love's nuance and tension
To the Wonder (USA, dir. Terrence Malick) -
Technical virtuosity hard to resist. Otherwise, tatters. Disheveled self-quotations, never in sync with characters.
Passion (USA, dir. Brian De Palma) -
Turns out you can be this pulpy and this wan at the same time! Best bits: clothes, score elements, and a revived McAdams.
Sidebar Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
Stories We Tell (Canada, dir. Sarah Polley) -
Film and filmmaker alternate between thoughtfulness and preciousness. Two visions of pained paternity are powerful.
Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Lines of Wellington, France/Portugal, dir. Valeria Sarmiento
At Any Price, USA, dir. Ramin Bahrani
Dormant Beauty, Italy, dir. Marco Bellocchio
Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Eat Sleep Die, Sweden, dir. Gabriela Pichler
Inheritance, France/Israel/Palestine, dir. Hiam Abbass
Kinshasa Kids, Belgium/France, dir. Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Kiss of the Damned, USA, dir. Xan Cassavetes
Three Sisters, China, dir. Wang Bing
Wadjda, Saudi Arabia, dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour
The Weight, South Korea, dir. Jeon Kyu-hwan