Lanthimos’ Poor Things gets Golden Lion in Venice

Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’s Poor Things starring Emma Stone as a proto-feminist sex-mad Frankenstein’s monster with the brain of a child got the Golden Lion firs best picture at the 80th Venice Film Festival Saturday.

Oscar winning Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Evil Does Not Exist about finding a balance with Nature got the Silver Lion for Jury’s Grand Prix.

Peter Sarsgaard, protagonist of Memory, a tale of trauma and dementia by Michel Franco, got the Coppa Volpi for best actor while Cailee Spaeny, protagonist of Elvis’s wife biopic Priscilla by Sofia Coppola, got the Volpi Cup for best actress.

The best director prize went to Matteo Garrone for Io Capiitano about the torture and drama filled odyssey of two young Senegalese from Dakar to Italy.

One of the protagonists, Seydou Sarr, 21, got the Mastroianni Prize for best emerging actor.

The jury’s special prize went to Polish director Agnieszka Holland’s Green Border about the tribulations of Syrian and African migrants on the Poland-Belarus border, a film denounced as “Nazi” by Poland’s rightwing government.

Source: Ansa News Agency