Alfonso Cuarón's Roma took the top prize, officially welcoming Netflix to the awards race.
With his return to the Venice Film Festival after a successful premiere of Gravity out-of-competition in 2013, director Alfonso Cuarón championed the 75th iteration of the film festival by winning the Golden Lion for Roma. The black-and-white film is a semi-autobiographical tale of Cuarón's early childhood in 1970s Mexico City. The story is told through the eyes of his housekeeper, Cleo, played by Yalitza Aparicio.
Participant Media and Esperanto Filmoj produced the film and will be distributed by Netflix. This marks the first major awards win for a scripted Netflix film and the first major player for Netflix's original film market in the awards season.
Also well-received at the festival were Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite. The film earned raves for its performances by Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. The film won the Grand Jury Prize, the second place award, with Colman also winning the Volpi Cup for best actress.
The Volpi Cup for best actor was given to Willem Dafoe for his turn as Vincent van Gogh in Julian Schnabel's At Eternity's Gate.
Other awards were given to Joel and Ethan Coen for best screenplay for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and to Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale for a special jury prize. The Nightingale was the only film in contention directed by a woman. The film's star, Baykali Ganambarr, received the Marcello Mastroianni actor award for best new talent.
Last year's Golden Lion winner, Guillermo Del Toro, served as the jury president this year.
Dir. Alfonso Cuarón
SILVER LION GRAND JURY PRIZE
Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
SILVER LION BEST DIRECTOR
THE SISTERS BROTHERS
VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTRESS
VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTOR
AT ETERNITY'S GATE
BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD
Joel and Ethan Coen
THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Dir. Jennifer Kent
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD