The 72nd edition of International Show of Cinematographic Art in Venice has recently ended.
This year the jury was presided by the Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón – composed of Elizabeth Banks, Emmanuel Carrère, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Diane Kruger, Francesco Munzi, Pawel Pawlikowski and Lynne Ramsey – they wanted to honour parts of the Latin cinema and culture in a special way, disappointing the rumours about the favourites; among these the documentary about the Chinese miners “Behemoth” or “Francofonia” by Sokurov (previous winner of the Leone d’Oro with Faust in 2011).
In the end, the Leone d’Oro for the best film went to the intense and disturbing “Desde allà from afar” by the Venezuelan Lorenzo Vigas, for a script written together with Guillermo Arriaga; while the Leone d’Argento for the best director was won by Pablo Trapero for the beautiful “El Clan “(outcome of an Argentinian/Spanish production), inspired by real kidnappings that happened thirty years ago after the end of one of the most terrible dictatorships of post war, from Argentina to be exact.
In keeping with the Latin theme, the Coppa Volpi for the best female performance went to Valeria Golino in the film “Per amor vostro” by Giuseppe Gaudino, the only “Italian” prize; while Marco Bellocchio, with “Sangue del mio sangue”, already in Italian screens, and Luca Guadagnino, with his Hollywood cast in “A bigger splash”, were left empty-handed. “L’attesa” by Piero Messina (debuting but already collaborator with Sorrentino) was given the Leoncino d’Oro, proclaimed by a jury of the young and the very young.
In our opinion, the best Italian film seen in Venice was “Non essere cattivo” by the pitied Claudio Caligari, presented not competing: film measuring up to its precedents “Amore tossico” and “L’odore della notte”, which after the death of the Roman director, has been produced by Valerio Mastrandrea: a film that shakes you to your bones.
Emotions on the screen as well for the prize Glory to the Filmmaker Award 2015 received by Brian De Palma, who was also the star of the documentary “De Palma” about his life in filmmaking a work of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, shown but not competing.