Jurors: Alexandre Desplat (president), Joan Chen, Philip Gröning, Jessica Hausner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandy Powell, Tim Roth, Elia Suleiman, Carlo Verdone|
|Golden Lion:||A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Sweden, dir. Roy Andersson|
|Grand Jury Prize:||The Look of Silence, Denmark/Indonesia, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer|
|Special Jury Prize:||Sivas, Turkey, dir. Kaan Müjdeci|
|Best Director:||The Postman's White Nights, Russia, dir. Andrei Konchalovsky|
|Best Actress:||Hungry Hearts, Alba Rohrwacher|
|Best Actor:||Hungry Hearts, Adam Driver|
|Marcello Mastroianni Award:||The Last Hammer Blow, Romain Paul|
|Best Screenplay:||Tales, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad|
|FIPRESCI Award:||The Look of Silence, Denmark/Indonesia, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer|
|SIGNIS Award:||Far from Men, France, dir. David Oelhoffen|
|Venice Horizons Award:||Court, India, dir. Chaitanya Tamhane|
|Future Film Festival Digital Award:||Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), USA, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu|
Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Golden Lion:
The Look of Silence (Denmark/Indonesia, dir. Joshua Oppenheimer) -
Confounds expectations less than The Act of Killing, but manifests equal if quieter audacity. Heroic.
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Sweden, dir. Roy Andersson) -
Frontloaded with most brilliant vignettes; tapers off a bit. Such droll humanism.
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (USA, dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu) -
Snazzy, mock-heroic battle among sorrow and swagger, hubris and depth. Iridescent as an oil slick. Keaton its best effect.
Far from Men (France, dir. David Oelhoffen) -
Short Camus tale becomes well-shot, well-paced, Stagecoachy two-man Algerian Western. Classic style, laudable clarity.
99 Homes (USA, dir. Ramin Bahrani) -
Film blanc, suggesting moral rot not through deepening shadow but wispy, edge-dulling light. Bit schematic but acted well.
Red Amnesia (China, dir. Wang Xiaoshuai) -
Caché-meets-The Whisperers mystery: she did something nasty in the Cultural Revolution and now, it follows. Unsettling.
Hungry Hearts (Italy, dir. Saverio Costanzo) -
Hyperbolic nonsense about a young mother's unraveling. Lenses, story get increasingly distorted. Two Venice awards??
Sidebar Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
The President (Georgia, dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf) -
Makhmalbaf as I've rarely met him, in bumptious tragicomic picaresque. Funny, brutal. Great lead. Winner?
Hill of Freedom (South Korea, dir. Hong Sang-soo) -
Hong's latest jewel-cut doodle charms, especially amid heavy festival environment. He repeats himself but so do we.
Nabat (Azerbaijan, dir. Elcin Musaoglu Guliyev) -
Vaguer on heroine's POV than you'd think, with so few folks in the film. But pained, poetic study pays other rewards.
Heaven Knows What (USA, dirs. Joshua and Benny Safdie) -
Bombastic yet credible insiders' view of addicts' amour fou. Often amateurish, then suddenly assured. The music!
The Boxtrolls (UK, dirs. Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable) -
Copious visual detail unwittingly makes film seem heavy. Thin plot. Characters never sparked. I just don't get Laika?
Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Tales, Iran, dir. Rakhshan Bani-Etemad
The Cut, Germany, dir. Fatih Akin
Leopardi, Italy, dir. Mario Martone
Sivas, Turkey, dir. Kaan Müjdeci
The Postman's White Nights, Russia, dir. Andrei Konchalovsky
Black Souls, Italy/France, dir. Francesco Munzi
Good Kill, USA, dir. Andrew Niccol
Pasolini, France/Belgium, dir. Abel Ferrara
3 Hearts, France, dir. Benoît Jacquot
Fires on the Plain, Japan, dir. Shinya Tsukamoto
Manglehorn, USA, dir. David Gordon Green
The Price of Fame, France, dir. Xavier Beauvois
The Last Hammer Blow, France, dir. Alix Delaporte
Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Olive Kitteridge, USA, dir. Lisa Cholodenko
In the Basement, Austria, dir. Ulrich Seidl
The Golden Era, China/Hong Kong, dir. Ann Hui
No One's Child, Serbia, dir. Vuk Rsumovic
Theeb, Jordan, dir. Naji Abu Nowar
Court, India, dir. Chaitanya Tamhane
Return to Ithaca, France, dir. Laurent Cantet
Words with Gods, Mexico/USA, dirs. Guillermo Arriaga, et al.
Cymbeline, USA, dir. Michael Almereyda
The Sound and the Fury, USA, dir. James Franco
She's Funny That Way, USA, dir. Peter Bogdanovich