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Venice Film Festival. Frenchwoman Audrey Diwan wins the Lion d’Or for “The event”

Frenchwoman Audrey Diwan wins the Lion d’Or for The event, to the Venice show

A film about a young woman who clandestinely aborts, two months after the coronation of another Frenchwoman, Julia Ducournau in Cannes for “Titane”.

Unfortunately when you work on abortion you are always in the news, said Audrey Diwan receiving her award.

I made this movie with anger and desire, I made it with my belly, with my guts with my heart, she added. I wanted it to be an experience, a journey in the skin of this young woman.

This award was awarded to him unanimously by the jury chaired by South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho (Parasite).

The film, adapted from the eponymous autobiographical story by novelist Annie Ernaux, takes place in France in the 1960s, before abortion was legalized. It shows the journey of a young student who becomes pregnant, interpreted by the Franco-Romanian Anamaria Vartolomei, a discovery.

The event is the second film by Audrey Diwan, who filmed a young couple struggling with drug addiction in but you are crazy (2019).

Journalist and novelist who wrote for television, she co-wrote the screenplay for several French films including North Bac, a film on police violence currently on French screens or “La French” by Cédric Jimenez, then went on to direct.

On the performer side, the Spanish star Penélope Cruz was rewarded for her role in Parallel Mothers by Pedro Almodovar. Fetish actress of the Spanish filmmaker, Pénélope Cruz has already been awarded in Cannes for Return.

Filipino actor John Arcilla, a star in his country for playing one of the national heroes, won the male actor award. The 55-year-old actor is recognized for his role as a journalist facing fake news and corruption in On the Job: The Missing 8, a three and a half hour long film by Erik Matti.

Although presented as a feature film in competition in Venice, the film will be cut into a mini-series for the American television channel HBO. Little known internationally, John Arcilla has won numerous television and film awards in his country. He is best known for the biopic General Luna (2015) on a legendary 19th century military leader, Antonio Luna.

The Silver Lion – Grand Prix du Jury was awarded to God’s hand de Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

The Silver Lion – Best Achievement Award goes to The dog’s share by Jane Campion (New Zealand)

The Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Male or Female Hope goes to Filippo Scotti for his role in God’s hand de Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

The special jury prize is awarded to The hole by Michelangelo Frammartino (Italy)

Finally, the award for best screenplay: Maggie Gyllenhaal for The lost daughter (United States)

With AFP

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