Kate Blanchett named best actress at Venice Film Festival

Australian Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival for her performance in the film TAR.

The Best Actor Award went to Irishman Colin Farrell for his role in the tragicomedy The Banshee Of Inisherin while All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, a documentary about American photographer Nan Goldin and her struggle against the wealthy Sackler family, won the Golden Lion. Saturday.

Directed by investigative journalist Laura Poitras, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed weaves Goldin’s extraordinary life story with his campaign to hold the Sacklers and their pharmaceutical company responsible for the opioid crisis in the United States. United.

“Thank you very much, it’s a great honor,” said Blanchett, after flying to Venice after the Telluride Film Festival, where the film was also screened.

Her performance as a successful woman in the international music world whose reputation is threatened has been almost universally acclaimed.

“I am shocked to receive this and thrilled,” Farrell said in a live video message broadcast at the festival on Saturday night.

The Silver Lion runner-up went to director Alice Diop Saint Omer’s intense French judicial drama, which is making its fictional debut after a series of documentaries.

Luca Guadagnino won the Silver Lion for Best Director for the cannibalistic love story Bones and All with Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell, which was also awarded for her best performance of a young actress.

“I prepared a speech because I’m nervous,” Russell said.

“I am grateful beyond belief to be here. So many of my heroes are in this room.

Russell thanked Guadagnino.

“He has been a great friend to me and I love him so much,” said Russell.

The jury also awarded a Special Jury Award to jailed Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s No Bears.

The acclaimed director was sentenced in July by Iran to a six-year prison sentence ten years ago, never served.

The order has come as the government tries to silence critics amid economic turmoil and mounting political pressure.

Julianne Moore led the jury that selected Saturday’s winner from 23 competing films that included many Oscar nominees.

The Oscar-winning actress chaired a jury composed of French director Audrey Diwan, whose film Happening won the Golden Lion last year, author Kazuo Ishiguro (Never Let Me Go) and Iranian actress Leila Hatami ( A separation).

The main jury also included Italian director Leonardo Di Costanzo (The Inner Cage), Argentine director Mariano Cohn (Official Competition) and Rodrigo Sorogoyen (The Candidate).

The first in competition in Venice has launched many successful campaigns for the Oscars in recent years, leading to nominations and even victories.

Seven times in the past nine years, the Oscar for Best Director has gone to preview a film at the festival, including Chloe Zhao, Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro G. Inarritu, twice, Guillermo del Toro and Damien Chazelle.

It also debuted with a handful of future Best Picture winners such as Nomadland, The Shape of Water, and Birdman.

with AP

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