The 73rd Venice International Film Festival 2016 came to a close over the weekend, with an awards ceremony to honour the cream of the crop, and giving us an indication of the films to look out for in the coming year. This year's jury was led by Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall and Spectre.

 

Filipino director Lav Diaz's film The Woman Who Left won this year's Golden Lion, and he dedicated the film to his fellow countrymen: "This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle, for the struggle of humanity. Thank you, thank you so much." The black and white drama, which has a running time of almost four hours, is a powerful film that tells the story a schoolteacher reacquainting herself with society and her struggle with feelings of vengeance and forgiveness after spending 30 years in jail for a crime she didn't commit.

Meanwhile, Tom Ford takes the Grand Jury Prize for his noir thriller Nocturnal Animals, and Damien Chazells's La La Land, which garnered rave reviews at the festival, helped Emma Stone to the Best Actress award.

 

Full list of winners here:

Golden Lion: The Woman Who Left, Lav Diaz

Grand Jury Prize: Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford

Silver Lion, Best Director: Shared between Amat Escalante, La Region Salvaje, and Andrei Konchalovsky, Paradise

Volpi Cup, Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land

Volpi Cup, Best Actor: Oscar Martinez, El Ciudadano Ilustre

Best Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim, Jackie

Special Jury Prize: The Bad Batch, Ana Lily Amirpour

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Paula Beer, Frantz

 

Venice Horizons

Best Film: Liberami, Federica Di Giacomo

Best Director: Fien Troch, Home

Special Jury Prize: Big Big World, Reha Erdem

Best Actress: Ruth Diaz, The Fury of a Patient Man

Best Actress: Nuno Lopes, Sao Jorge

Best Screenplay: Wang Bing, Bitter Money

Best Short Film: La Voz Perdida, Marcelo Martinessi

Lion of the Future, "Luigi De Laurentiis" Venice Award for a Debut Film: The Last of Us, Ala Eddine Slim

 

Venice Classics

Best Restoration: Break-Up (The Man with the Balloons), Marco Ferreri

Best Documentary on Cinema: Le Concours, Claire Simon

 

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