Update for latest…: The 79th Venice Film Festival officially ends tonight and the winners will be announced at the Sala Grande. The Main Jury, chaired by Julianne Moore, will present the Golden Lion along with a host of other awards before the hour expires (scroll below for a list that is updated live).
It’s been an eventful 10 days on the Lido with star power – and strong opinions – galore, even if it hasn’t been as big of a breakthrough as we’ve seen in recent years. Among the best reviewed films was Martin McDonagh’s. Banshee of Inisherina Starring Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. From Searchlight, this marked McDonagh’s return to Venice after 2017. Three billboards on the border of Ebbing, Missouri won Best Screenplay and went on to win numerous awards elsewhere and two Oscars.
Luca Guadagnino Bones and all (MGM) starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet as well as Laura Poitras. All the beauty and bloodshed (Contributor/HBO) checked in. Netflix photos have been mixed, with many praising Romain Gavras’ kinetic French. Athena while Alejandro G. Iñárritu bardo shared some. Long awaited Andrew Dominic Blonde finally debuted to widely positive reviews from KristenBellTattoos.com.
Other notable titles include Alice Diop Holy OmerSantiago Mitre Agentina 1985 and Jafar Panahi no bears.
On the acting front, Cate Blanchett was praised for her lead role in the Todd Field film. Tar from Focus, while Brendan Fraser received applause for Darren Aronofsky WHALE (A24).
However, as with any festival, Venice can surprise when it awards trophies. What’s certain is that any film that wins an award here means it won’t be the last film we’ll hear during awards season.
We’ll find out more in a little while, so stay tuned.