Poor creatures by Yorgos Lanthimos, a feminist and crazy comedy starring Emma Stone, won this Saturday the Golden Lion at the 80th Venice Film Festival, which also awarded Chileans Pablo Larraín and Guillermo Calderón for the script of El Conde, a satire about Pinochet.
Expectations were met with this provocative film by Lanthimos, which in addition to winning the Golden Lion, provoked laughter and good reviews upon its premiere. Emma Stone plays a Frankenstein avid for sex and experiences in a decadent and imaginary Europe at the end of the 19th century.
The Japanese Ryusuke Hamaguchi took the Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize) for Evil Does Not Exist, an enigmatic film about the arrival of investors in a rural community.
The Silver Lion for best director was awarded to Italian Matteo Garrone for Io capitano, a drama about immigrants from Africa.
The special jury prize went to another militant and pro-immigrant film, Green Border by Agnieszka Holland, about another tragedy, that of asylum candidates trapped on the border between Poland and Belarus.
The young American actress Cailee Spaeny (25 years old) rose to stardom with the award for best female performance for Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, about Elvis Presley’s wife.
And fellow American Peter Sarsgaard (52 years old) won the best actor award for his exciting performance as a man affected by senile dementia in Memory, by Mexican Michel Franco.
Sarsgaard was one of the few stars who went to the Lido, because of the strike of actors and writers in Hollywood. And the actor took the opportunity to warn that artificial intelligence, one of the hot topics of negotiation in the United States, is “terrifying” for cinema.
“Everyone here agrees that an actor is a person and a writer is a person, but we can’t seem to. And that’s terrifying because this work is about connection,” the actor said.
another terrible child
At 50 years old, Lanthimos (Lobster, The Favorite) is a director who specializes in social or historical satires, in the vein of Ruben Ostlund, the enfant terrible of world cinema who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes last year.
Larraín, who has already addressed the recent history of his country, surprised with El Conde, a black and white satire that portrays former dictator Augusto Pinochet as a vampire.
With Jaime Vadell in the main role, The Count is an improbable black and white comedy in which the former dictator lives with his wife on a rural estate, he is actually 250 years old and at night he flies out to rip out the hearts of his friends. fellow citizens. “No to impunity,” Larraín requested when collecting the award, two days before the 50th anniversary of the Pinochet coup.
Impact of the strike
The 80th Mostra withstood the impact of the actors and screenwriters’ strike in Hollywood, with many American stars absent, but full rooms and a close artistic competition.
Emma Stone could not attend the Mostra to see the film in which she stars win the Golden Lion, but Peter Sarsgaard and Cailee Spaeny could.
Sarsgaard because he opted for a totally independent production, like those that director and screenwriter Michel Franco (New Order) has been making for two decades, in Mexico and the United States.
And Spaeny, barely known for her role in the recent television series Euforia, took the award for her risky and sensitive interpretation of an innocent girl who met the king of rock ‘n’ roll at the age of 14 when he was doing his military service in Germany.
Io capitane is a direct message from the Italian militant left to the government of Giorgia Meloni, in the form of an exciting odyssey, that of two boys from Senegal who cross all of Africa, and the Mediterranean, to reach their dream Europe. The film depicts in an epic tone a terrible journey, which claims the lives of thousands of people every year. The Senegalese Seydou Sarr won the award for best promising actor for his role in this film.
Green Border by Polish director Agnieszka Holland is an even tougher and more militant film, shot in black and white. The film is an ensemble work with Syrian or Afghan actors who are refugees in Europe, and caused a bitter controversy between Holland and the Polish government, which accuses her of being a propagandist.
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