Venice Film Festival 2023 - Golden Lion Goes To Yorgos Lanthimos 'Poor Things'
The Venice Film Festival 2023 is over. The Competition jury, which was led by American director Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Babylon), gave the Best Film Golden Lion to Poor Things by Yorgos Lanthimos. With an average score of 4.24/5, Poor Things got the most votes in the Competition. Evil Does Not Exist (3.80/5) and Agnieszka Holland's Green Border (3.76/5) were close behind.
"Poor Things," a movie about strong women in the Victorian era, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. Most of the Hollywood glamour was missing from the festival because of the writers' and actors' strikes.
The movie with Emma Stone in it won the top prize at the 80th festival, which is often a good indicator of Oscar success. When Yorgos Lanthimos won the award, he said that the movie would not have been made without Stone, who was also a producer but was not at the festival.
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Stone's character Bella Baxter is like a child but has the body of an adult. As she travels through a bizarre version of 19th-century Europe to find herself, she becomes more independent and excited by her sexual experiments.
Poor Things director Yorgos Lanthimos said he was "personally very disappointed" that lead actress Emma Stone couldn't be there to celebrate the film's Golden Lion win, but that he "understands the cause." He was talking about the SAG-AFTRA strike, which kept Stone away.
I’m personally very disappointed she isn’t here. I of course understand the cause. There was so much love and time put into this film, that’s it’s a real shame Emma isn’t here. Hopefully, soon enough she and the other actors and writer Tony McNamara will be able to join us.- Yorgos Lanthimos
When I told Emma about this movie, she got very excited right away. She also became a producer because of this.- Yorgos Lanthimos
Venice is where the awards season starts and eight of the last eleven best director Oscars have gone to films that were shown here for the first time. The top acting awards at the festival went to two American actors: Cailee Spaeny, who played Elvis Presley's ex-wife in the movie "Priscilla," and Peter Sarsgaard, who was in the gritty family drama "Memory."
"Evil Does Not Exist," a mysterious drama set in a rural area and directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi of Japan, came in second and won the Silver Lion. It was the only Asian film among the 23 that were in the running for the top prize.
- Best Film - Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos
- Grand Jury Prize - Evil Does Not Exist, Ryusuke Hamaguchi
- Best Director - Matteo Garrone, Io Capitano
- Special Jury Prize - Green Border, Agnieszka Holland
- Best Screenplay - Guillermo Calderon, Pablo Larrain, El Conde
- Best Actress - Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla
- Best Actor - Peter Sarsgaard, Memory
- Best Young Actor - Seydou Sarr, Io Capitano
- Best Film - Explanation for Everything - Gabor Reisz
- Best Director - Mika Gustafson - Paradiset Brinner (Paradise is Burning)
- Special Jury Prize - Una Sterminata Domenica - Alain Parroni
- Best Actress - Margarita Rosa De Francisco, El Paraíso
- Best Actor - Tergel Bold-Erdene, City of Wind
- Best Screenplay - El Paraíso - Enrico Maria Artale
- Best Short Film - A Short Trip - Erenik Beqiri
- Lion of the Future - Venice Award for a Debut Film - (Al Shi Yi Ba Qiang) Love Is a Gun - Lee Hong-Ch
Audience Award - Felicita - Micheala Ramazotti
- Best Documentary on Cinema - Thank You Very Much - Alex Braverman
- Best Restored Film - Ohikkoshi (Moving) - Shinji Somae
- Grand Prize - Songs for a Passerby - Celine Daemen
- Special Jury Prize - Flow - Adriaan Lokman
- Achievement prize - Emperor - Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen
In the last days of the Venice Film Festival 2023, critics made their Golden Lion predictions. The general consensus was that it all depended on how Damien Chazelle's competition jury was feeling: playful, in which case Yorgos Lanthimos's early critical darling "Poor Things" would win; or serious, in which case either of two urgent films about the global migrant crisis that came out later in the fest, Matteo Garrone's "Me Captain" or Agnès
The jury gave big prizes to all three films, as well as Ryusuke Hamaguchi's quiet, mysterious environmental fable "Evil Does Not Exist." But in the end, being playful won. "Poor Things," a crazy adult fantasy in which Emma Stone plays a horny Frankenwoman on a wild coming-of-age trip, won the Golden Lion for best film of the festival, living up to the breathless buzz that has surrounded it since its premiere in the early days of the festival.