Aust film wins Venice Special Jury Prize

A film by an Australian woman has won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film festival.

Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent’s The Nightingale, that was the only real title in the contest directed by a girl, scored a double whammy.

The revenge thriller won the Special Jury Prize and the Marcello Mastroianni nod for the best young actor which went into native celebrity Baykali Ganambarr.

In this occasionally violent movie series in 19th century Tasmania that a 21-year old Irish convict woman and an Aboriginal tracker (played with Ganambarr) chase the British military officer who chased her loved ones.

The film motivated a screamed sexist insult against the manager during the press viewing that subsequently resulted in the screamer to possess his media credentials pulled.

“I would also like to convey to all those girls out there needing to make movies, please go and get it done. We want you. The female force is the most effective and curative force on Earth,” Kent said accepting the award.

“I am convinced following year and the year following we will see an increasing number of girls inhabiting this distance ”

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, a black drama attracted in the manager’s memories of growing up in Mexico City at the first 1970s which marks his return into Spanish-language filmmaking, won the festival’s best gong, the Golden Lion.

“Roma,” that’s obviously Cuaron’s most personal work, is based about two national employees, both from Mixteco legacy, who take care of a little family from the middle-class area of Roma.

French director Jacques Audiard took best director for his witty English-language Western starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as sibling hitmen.

Best celebrity honours went to Willem Dafoe for his tour-de-force functionality as Vincent Van Gogh through the artist’s illuminated but emotionally dark closing phase in Julian Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate.

Joel and Ethan Coen won best screenplay to their Western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, initially conceived as a TV series, too by Netflix.

Netflix has had a significant presence in the Venice, together with six names, and also this edition marks the giant streamer’s initial big prize on the significant festival circuit.



Golden Lion: Roma, Alfonso Cuaron, U.S. Mexico

Grand Jury Prize: The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, U.K.

Silver Lion for Best Director: Jacques Audiard, The Sisters Brothers, U.S.

Volpi Cup for Best Actress: Olivia Colman, The Favourite, Greece, U.K.

Volpi Cup for Best Actor: Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate, US

Best Screenplay: Joel and Ethan Coen, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, US

Special Jury Prize: The Nightingale Jennifer Kent, Australia

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Young Performer: Baykali Ganambarr, The Nightingale, Australia

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