Winners // 75th VENICE FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS

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.


GOLDEN LION


ROMA

Dir. Alfonso Cuarón


SILVER LION GRAND JURY PRIZE


THE FAVOURITE

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos


SILVER LION BEST DIRECTOR


Jacques Audiard

THE SISTERS BROTHERS


VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTRESS


Olivia Colman

THE FAVOURITE


VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTOR


Willem Dafoe

AT ETERNITY'S GATE


BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD


Joel and Ethan Coen

THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS


SPECIAL JURY PRIZE


THE NIGHTINGALE

Dir. Jennifer Kent


MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD


Baykali Ganambarr

THE NIGHTINGALE

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