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2021 Venice Film Festival Awards Winners Announced

This year’s Venice Film Festival is coming to a close and with that, comes the annual list of winners as always. The Golden Lion award was given to the drama film Happening, directed by Audrey Diwan, which was deemed a “unanimous decision” by jury president Bong Joon-Ho.

Netflix took home four awards at the ceremony – Paolo Sorrentino for The Hand of God, Jane Campion for Best Director for The Power of the Dog, Filippo Scotti for Best Young Actor in the aforementioned Hand of God, and also Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Screenplay for her new film The Lost Daughter.

Some of the other big awards for the night include John Arcilla winning for Best Actor in On the Job: Missing 8 and Penelope Cruz winning Best Actress in Parallel Mothers.

Here is the complete list of winners:


Best VR Story: “End of Night” (dir. David Adler)

Best VR Experience: “Le bal de Paris de Blanca Li” (dir. Blanca Li)

Best VR Grand Jury Prize: “Goliath: Playing with Reality” (dirs. Barry Gene Murphy, May Abdalla)

Lion of the Future: “Imaculat” (dirs. Monica Stan, George Chiper-Lillemark)


Orrizonti Audience Award: “The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic” (dir. Teemu Nikki)

Best Short Film: “Los Huesos” (dirs. Cristóbal León, Joaquín Cociña)

Best Screenplay: “107 Mothers” (Péter Kerekes, Ivan Ostrochovský)

Best Actor: Piseth Chhun, “White Building”

Best Actress: Laure Calamy, “À Plein Temps”

Special Jury Prize: “El Grand Movimiento” (dir. Kiro Russo)

Best Director: Eric Gravel, “À Plein Temps”

Best Film: “Pilgrims” (dir. Laurynas Bareisa)


Best Young Actor: Filippo Scotti, “The Hand of God”

Special Jury Prize: “Il Buco” (dir. Michelangelo Frammartino)

Best Screenplay: “The Lost Daughter” (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

Best Actor: John Arcilla, “On the Job: Missing 8”

Best Actress: Penélope Cruz, “Parallel Mothers”

Silver Lion for Best Director: Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog”

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: “The Hand of God,” Paolo Sorrentino

Golden Lion: “Happening” (dir. Audrey Diwan)


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Written by Caillou Pettis

Caillou Pettis is a professional film critic and has been writing about film for several years across various different publications. Ever since the age of nine, film and the art of filmmaking have been his number one passion. When hes

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