September 12, 2021 by archyde
From an exceptional vintage, the 78e edition of the Venice International Film Festival crowned the tricolor feature film by Franco-Lebanese Audrey Diwan, which tells the story of an illegal abortion.
The event created the event, at the end of a closing ceremony, the final of which this year can boast of tricolor reflections. French director Audrey Diwan, 41, received the Golden Lion in Venice on Saturday for The event, a raw, intimate and feminist film about a young woman who clandestinely aborts. The film, adapted from the eponymous autobiographical story by novelist Annie Ernaux, takes place in France in the 1960s, before abortion was legalized. It shows the journey of a young student who becomes pregnant, played by the Franco-Romanian Anamaria Vartolomei. With her Golden Lion, Audrey Diwan succeeds the Chinese-American Chloé Zhao, crowned last year for Nomadland .
“Unfortunately when you work on abortion you are always in the news”, said Audrey Diwan receiving her award. “I made this film with anger and desire, I made it with my stomach, with my guts with my heart, she added. I wanted it to be an experience ”, a “Journey in the skin of this young woman”. Journalist and novelist who has written for television, Audrey Diwan has co-written the screenplay for several French films including North Bac , a film on police violence currently on French screens or La French by Cédric Jimenez, before moving on to directing.
Franco-Lebanese director Audrey Diwan with her Golden Lion, obtained for her film The event. Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP
The spanish star Penelope Cruz also won on Saturday evening in Venice the prize for the best female interpretation for her role in Parallel Mothers, his new collaboration with his compatriot Pedro Almodovar. The director had already allowed her to be rewarded in 2007 by the interpretation price at Cannes for Volver. “Thank you Pedro, you created a magic, I adore you”, reacted Penélope Cruz by receiving her prize.
Film that opened the 78e edition of the Mostra, Parallel Mothers is built on the crossroads of two women who give birth on the same day in the same maternity hospital, and Penélope Cruz plays a forty-year-old photographer who becomes pregnant with an archaeologist and married friend, who has promised to help her find the burial of his great-grandfather, who died at the start of the Spanish Civil War. A tailor-made role for the 47-year-old actress, born in 1974 to a modest family in the suburbs of Madrid.
Two prizes for God’s hand
As for the best male role, it was the Filipino actor John Arcilla who won the male interpretation prize at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. A star in his country, the 55-year-old actor was awarded for his role as a journalist facing fake news and corruption in On the Job: The Missing 8, a three and a half hour long film by Erik Matti. «Thank you very much, thank you very much, he reacted in Italian. I am the happiest actor in the world tonight, because I know that we come from different countries, different cultures, but tonight we all understand each other thanks to the cinema ”, he added. Although presented as a feature film in competition in Venice, On the Job: The Missing 8 will be cut into a mini-series for the American television channel HBO.
Among the other prizes distributed during the evening, God’s hand (Italy), leaves with the Grand Jury Prize in the hands of its director Paolo Sorrentino, as well as with the Marcello Mastroianni prize for best male newcomer for the young Filippo Scotti, headlining the film. The award for best achievement went to The dog’s share, by Jane Campion (New Zealand) and the special jury prize was awarded to Michelangelo Frammartino for The hole (Italy). Finally, the American actress and director Maggie Gyllenhaal was also awarded the prize for best screenplay for her first feature film. The Lost Daughter (United States).
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