Jurors: Bernardo Bertolucci (president), Andrea Arnold, Renato Berta, Carrie Fisher, Martina Gedeck, Pablo Larraín, Virginie Ledoyen, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jiang Wen|
|Golden Lion:||Sacro GRA, Italy, dir. Gianfranco Rosi|
|Grand Jury Prize:||Stray Dogs, Taiwan, dir. Tsai Ming-liang|
|Special Jury Prize:||The Police Officer's Wife, Austria, dir. Philip Gröning|
|Best Director:||Miss Violence, Greece, dir. Alexandros Avranas|
|Best Actress:||A Street in Palermo, Elena Cotta|
|Best Actor:||Miss Violence, Themis Panou|
|Marcello Mastroianni Award:||Joe, Tye Sheridan|
|Best Screenplay:||Philomena, Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope|
|FIPRESCI Award:||Tom at the Farm, Canada, dir. Xavier Dolan|
|SIGNIS Award:||Philomena, UK, dir. Stephen Frears|
|Venice Horizons Award:||Eastern Boys, France, dir. Robin Campillo|
|Future Film Festival Digital Award:||Gravity, USA/UK, dir. Alfonso Cuarón|
Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Golden Lion:
Under the Skin (UK, dir. Jonathan Glazer) -
Themes, visual ideas can get soft or obvious, but execution always a marvel. Stunning sound, score, cinematography.
The Wind Rises (Japan, dir. Hayao Miyazaki) -
Gorgeous, daring, and imaginative, however sandbagged by its sentimentality. A delicate, subtly haunted swan song.
Stray Dogs (Taiwan, dir. Tsai Ming-liang) -
I prefer hunting Tsai's ideas; these felt overt. Some too-long takes, but quite a view of poverty and shame. Impressive.
Tracks (Australia, dir. John Curran) -
Protects privacy of Robyn's sojourn, aided by Wasikowska's lovely reticence. Pretty, if anodyne. Some coddling of audience.
Joe (USA, dir. David Gordon Green) -
Cage, Sheridan ground it well but film belabors portentous mood. Non-professionals can be a plus but on occasion feel awkward.
Tom at the Farm (Canada, dir. Xavier Dolan) -
Memorable atmospherics and perversity but story logic too slipshod to sustain suspense. Propelled by anti-rural panic.
Philomena (UK, dir. Stephen Frears) -
Pro or con to keep mixing tones and to avoid overstating analogies at the cost of vague, fitful storytelling? Your call.
Child of God (USA, dir. James Franco) -
Early, iffy McCarthy novel gets earnest, proficient go-round from Franco & Co. Visible straining for dubious effects.
Night Moves (USA, dir. Kelly Reichardt) -
Utterly untrusting of its ideas and its audience. Reichardt makes leap from intriguing-but-frustrating to off-putting.
Sidebar Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
At Berkeley (USA, dir. Frederick Wiseman) -
Prodigious in every sense. Typically lucid institutional survey, comprising many views of what politics and ideas mean.
Gravity (USA/UK, dir. Alfonso Cuarón) -
Sure, the emotional allegory feels kind of shoehoOH MY GOD! THE CAMERA! Maybe a bit maudJESUS! DID YOU SEE AND HEAR THAT?!
Eastern Boys (France, dir. Robin Campillo) -
Hustler-rescue drama deftly makes a moral impulse appealing, dismaying, and perverse at once. "Party" scene amazes.
'Til Madness Do Us Part (China, dir. Wang Bing) -
Harrowing 4-hour stay in Chinese asylum; peeks outside harrow, too. Sensitive but too long. Context thin.
Wałęsa: Man of Hope (Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda) -
Refreshingly lusty, boisterous blend of the homefront biopic, the political docudrama, and the revolution film.
Locke (UK, dir. Steve Knight) -
Confined-camera gambit dulled a bit by antic edits. Flaunts its conceit at some cost to emotional impact. Fine, but limited.
The Canyons (USA, dir. Paul Schrader) -
Bad eye makeup [yawn] Yuck, what a gross shot [...] Yep, those are big. [...] Yow, that thing's huge. [yawn] I'm tired!
Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Sacro GRA, Italy, dir. Gianfranco Rosi
The Police Officer's Wife, Austria, dir. Philip Gröning
Miss Violence, Greece, dir. Alexandros Avranas
The Rooftops, France/Algeria, dir. Merzak Allouache
La Jalousie, France, dir. Philippe Garrel
A Street in Palermo, Italy, dir. Emma Dante
The Unknown Known, USA, dir. Errol Morris
Parkland, USA, dir. Peter Landesman
Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
The Armstrong Lie, USA, dir. Alex Gibney
Moebius, South Korea, dir. Kim Ki-duk
Unforgiven, Japan, dir. Lee Sang-il
Wolf Creek 2, Australia, dir. Greg McLean