the Golden Lion awarded to Laura Poitras’ documentary on the opiate crisis in the United States

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras won, on Saturday September 10, the Golden Lion of the 79e Venice Film Festival for a film that highlights the journey of photographer Nan Goldin and her fight against opiates in the United States. At the age of 58, the American director won his second major prize, after the Oscar for the best documentary for Citizenfour (2015), co-directed with whistleblower Edward Snowden.

No spoilers this time around All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, but a journey in the life of Nan Goldin, a 68-year-old photographer known for his shots of the New York underground and who has seen so many deaths, from AIDS to the opiate crisis, his last fight. Because Nan Goldin is leading a David versus Goliath fight against the producers of the opioid painkillers that have addicted and killed half a million Americans over the past two decades. The documentary returns to this at great length: the photographer, who is about to die due to his addiction, puts his fame at the service of the fight against the extremely rich Sackler family that produces Oxycodone.

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Few documentaries are selected for the main international film festivals, although this genre has shown great vitality in recent years. In 2013, Mostra already awarded a documentary, Sacro GRAby Gianfranco Rosi, around the ring road that surrounds the city of Rome.

Australian actress Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award for her role as a power-drunk bandleader in the Tarby Todd Field.

Special Jury Prize to Jafar Panahi

The actress and feminist activist who is used to juries and awards, Cate Blanchett, 53, is a polymorphic performer, able to play an elf princess (The Lord of the rings), a KGB scientist (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) than the big bourgeoisie (Blue Jasmine hope Carol).

on Tar, Cate Blanchett, diaphanous face, plays an ultra-famous conductor, in a relationship with a violinist from her orchestra, who will be catching in her past. A task with a complex view of criticizing the harassment or abuse of power of women in their subjects, and echoes the artist’s commitments.

Fifteen years ago, he won the prize in Venice I wasn’t there by Todd Haynes, in which he covers, crosses the boundaries of the genre, another musician, Bob Dylan.

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Irish actor Colin Farrell won Best Actor for his role as a kindly farmer in a darkly funny comedy, The Banshees of Inisherin.

In front of the camera of his compatriot Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell, 46, shines in a parable about the violent end of friendship in the bucolic setting of a remote island in Ireland in the 1920s, at the time of Independence War. Martin McDonagh offered him The Banshees of Inisherin a reunion with actor Brendan Gleeson, bringing together the winning comedy trio Kisses from Bruges (2008).

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The Venice Film Festival also sent a political signal against censorship and Iranian power by awarding a special jury prize to Jafar Panahi, showing that it has not abandoned the director, who has been in prison since July, to his fate. In his absence, the filmmaker was given a long standing ovation by the public in Venice, after the announcement of his award.

A major figure in Iranian cinema whose imprisonment prevented him from coming forward to defend his film Bears don’t existJafar Panahi, 62, gave a mise en abyme, that for a creator trapped in his own country, it is better to reject oppression.

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The full list:

  • Golden Lion for Best Film: All the Beauty and the Bloodshedby Laura Poitras (USA)
  • Silver Lion, Grand Jury Prize and Future Lion, Best First Work: Saint Omerby Alice Diop (France)
  • Silver Lion, prize for the best achievement: the Italian Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All
  • Best Actress Award: Australian Cate Blanchett for her role in Tar by Todd Field
  • Best Actor Award: Irishman Colin Farrell for his role in The Banshees of Inisherinby Martin McDonagh
  • Marcello Mastroianni Award for Most Promising Actor or Actress: Actress Taylor Russell for her role in Bones and Allby Luca Guadagnino
  • Special Jury Prize: Bears don’t existby Iranian Jafar Panahi
  • Best Screenplay Award: The Banshees of Inisherinby Irishman Martin McDonagh

The World with AFP

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