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Jurors: Michael Mann (president), Marina Abramović, Laetitia Casta, Peter Chan, Ari Folman, Matteo Garrone, Ursula Meier, Samantha Morton, Pablo Trapero

Golden Lion:Pietà, South Korea, dir. Kim Ki-duk
Special Jury Prize:Paradise: Faith, Austria, dir. Ulrich Seidl
Best Director:The Master, USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
Best Actress:Fill the Void, Hadas Yaron
Best Actor:The Master, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Joaquin Phoenix
Marcello Mastroianni Award:Dormant Beauty and È stato il figlio, Fabrizio Falco
Best Screenplay:Something in the Air, Olivier Assayas
Technical Contribution:È stato il figlio, Daniele Ciprì (cinematography)
FIPRESCI Prize:The Master, USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson
SIGNIS Award:To the Wonder, USA, dir. Terrence Malick
Venice Horizons Award:Three Sisters, China, dir. Wang Bing
Future Film Festival Digital Award:Bad 25, USA, dir. Spike Lee

Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Golden Lion:
Spring Breakers (USA, dir. Harmony Korine) - Squalid but often stunning; a necrophile's autopsy of "innocent fun." Rare US movie where dialogue barely matters.

Something in the Air (France, dir. Olivier Assayas) - Assayas makes great images even in most modest scenes. Tender, smart, but story devices get a little creaky.

The Master (USA, dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) - Boldface yet elliptical. Adventurously but vexingly disjointed. Profits and suffers from haze surrounding focal figures.

Fill the Void (Israel, dir. Rama Burshtein) - Intensity of observation and tone constitutively bound up with stifled flatness. Unsubtle. Tough but memorable sit.

Thy Womb (Philippines, dir. Brillante Mendoza) - Mendoza's good at blending vibrancy and modesty. Plot scenes are weakest. A bit too enamored of Aunor's wistful closeups.

Paradise: Faith (Austria, dir. Ulrich Seidl) - Both too broadly pitched and too averse to probing its half-cloaked scenario to attain P:Love's nuance and tension

To the Wonder (USA, dir. Terrence Malick) - Technical virtuosity hard to resist. Otherwise, tatters. Disheveled self-quotations, never in sync with characters.

Passion (USA, dir. Brian De Palma) - Turns out you can be this pulpy and this wan at the same time! Best bits: clothes, score elements, and a revived McAdams.

Sidebar Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
Stories We Tell (Canada, dir. Sarah Polley) - Film and filmmaker alternate between thoughtfulness and preciousness. Two visions of pained paternity are powerful.

Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Lines of Wellington, France/Portugal, dir. Valeria Sarmiento
At Any Price, USA, dir. Ramin Bahrani
Dormant Beauty, Italy, dir. Marco Bellocchio

Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically
Eat Sleep Die, Sweden, dir. Gabriela Pichler
Inheritance, France/Israel/Palestine, dir. Hiam Abbass
Kinshasa Kids, Belgium/France, dir. Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Kiss of the Damned, USA, dir. Xan Cassavetes
Three Sisters, China, dir. Wang Bing
Wadjda, Saudi Arabia, dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour
The Weight, South Korea, dir. Jeon Kyu-hwan

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