Venice Film Festival 2021: the Golden Lion for L’Evénement by Audrey Diwan, co-writer of Bac Nord

Bong Joon-Ho, president of the jury of Venice 2021, has delivered his verdict! The French film L’Evénement, directed by Audrey Diwan, won the supreme prize: the Lion d’Or. The director succeeds Chloé Zhao, awarded for Nomadland in 2020.

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After the Cannes Palme d’Or awarded to Titane by Julia Ducournau, French cinema continues to seduce on the stage of international festivals. Bong Joon-Ho, president of the jury of the Venice Film Festival 2021, awarded the Golden Lion to L’Evénement, a feature film directed by Audrey Diwan.

This is the second feature film directed by the filmmaker after But you are crazy in 2019. She succeeds the American director Chloé Zhao, awarded in 2020 for Nomadland. Note that Audrey Diwan is also the co-writer of Bac Nord, summer cinema sensation.

L’Evénement, which will be released in France on February 2, 2022, is a drama adapted from the eponymous novel by Annie Ernaux. The plot follows the path of Anne (Anamaria Vartolomei), a young woman who decides to abort in order to finish her studies and thus escape the social fate of her proletarian family. The story of France in 1963, of a society which condemns the desire of women, and sex in general. A simple and hard story retracing the path of who decides to act against the law. Anne has little time in front of her, the exams are approaching, her belly is rounding …

This poignant drama was able to seduce the members of the jury, chaired this year by Bong Joon-Ho, South Korean director to whom we owe Parasite. “Unfortunately when you work on abortion you are always in the news. I made this film with anger and desire, I did it with my stomach, with my guts with my heart. I wanted it to be a experience, a journey in the skin of this young woman “, said Audrey Diwan receiving her award.

The Mostra also distinguished Jane Campion, who left with the Silver Lion for best achievement for the western The Power of the Dog. The directors are celebrating in Venice with also Maggie Gyllenhaal, crowned best screenplay for The Lost Daughter. As for Paolo Sorrentino, he wins the Grand Prix for The Hand of God.


GOLDEN LION : The event by Audrey Diwan

SILVER LION: GRAND PRIX DU JURY: The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino

SILVER LION: BEST ACHIEVEMENT: Jane Campion for The power of the dog

VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTRESS: Penelope Cruz for Madres Paralelas by Pedro Almodóvar

VOLPI CUP FOR BEST ACTOR: John Arcilla for On the Job: Missing 8 by Erik Matti

BEST SCENARIO AWARD: Maggie Gyllenhaal for The Lost Daughter

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD FOR BEST HOPE: Filippo Scotti for The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: Il Buco by Michelangelo Frammartino

Note that The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion, The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino and The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal, will be released on Netflix on December 1, December 15 and December 31, respectively.


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