Venice Film Festival, Laura Poitras' documentary wins. Silver Lion to Luca Guadagnino for best direction

Against all odds, the Golden Lion goes to a documentary (this is the second time this has happened). Awarded Cate Blanchett for Best Actress in Tar and Colin Farrell for Best Male Performance

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Laura Poitras wins the Golden Lion with his documentary ' All the Beauty and the Bloodshed '. Silver Lion for Luca Guadagnino , best director for 'Bones and all'. For the best interpretation they get on the podium Colin Farrell and Cate Blanchett. These are the most anticipated verdicts at the closing of the Venice Film Festival number 79. -  video

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THE DOCUMENTARY - Laura Poitras' documentary on activist and photographer Nan Goldin chronicles New York's underground culture of the 70s and the latter's battle against the Sackler family, who produced a terrible drug for overdose crises, then donated money to museums to obtain tax deductions. It is the second time that the Golden Lion has gone to a documentary. On the first occasion he won, in 2013, Gianfranco Rosi with “Sacro Gra”. But with a documentary Laura already won an Oscar in 2015, with Citizenfour , centered on the NSA spy scandal denounced by Edward Snowden.

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THE WINNERS - After the speech of the sponsor of the edition, Rocio Munoz Morales , who recalled the career awards awarded to Catherine Deneuve and Paul Schrader , the ceremony has come alive. The Lion of the Future - Venice First Film Award “Luigi De Laurentiis” went to the French film Saint-Omer of the newcomer of Senegalese origins Alice Diop : a film based on the Medea of ​​France, which shocked the country in 2016. In the Horizons section, best screenplay for 'Blanquita', by Fernando Guzzoni . The best short film is 'Snow in September.' The Iranian Mohsen Tanabandeh wins the award for best actor for 'World War III'. Best actress is Vera Gemma, for 'Vera' by Knee Covi and Rainer Frimmel .

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OFFICIAL COMPETITION - Then it's time for the official competition, with the jury led by Julianne Moore . As best new actor he wins Taylor Russell , which appears in Luca Guadagnino's “Bones and all”. Coppa Volpi for best actor a Colin Farrell , protagonist of 'The Spirits of the Island'. Cate Blanchett instead wins the best female interpretation for 'Tar'. Silver Lion to Luca Guadagnino for the direction and special jury prize a Jafar Panahi with 'Bears don't exist': for the latter, still incarcerated for pleading the cause of his colleague inmate Mohammad Rasoulof a standing ovation starts in the room. And Guadagnino himself from the stage addressed a thought to him: “This award is a great honor, a heartfelt thanks to the Biennale. I wouldn't be here tonight if it weren't for Alberto Barbera since he decided to invite my crazy film The protagonists twenty years ago. Making films is my life, I've been doing it since I was 8 with my Super8 and great travel companions who are here tonight. Cinema knows no geography and knows no borders, which is why I dedicate the award to Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof arrested by the Iranian government. Long live them, long live the subversion and long live the cinema! '

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