Aleksander Sokurov’s "Faust" wins the Golden Lion, while Yorgos Lanthimos’ "Alps" is honored with the screenplay award at the 68th Mostra di Venezia.
The awards ceremony of the 68th Venice Film Festival took place at the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema.
In his introduction, Darren Aronofsky said that the process of watching and evaluating the films was "both exhilarating and maddening" and assured the audience that world cinema is alive and kicking.
With an international jury comprising of President Darren Aronofsky and Members Mario Martone, Alba Rohrwacher, André Téchiné, Todd Haynes, David Byrne and Eija-Liisa Ahtila, the 68th Venice Film Festival awarded the following:
Golden Lion for Best Film: "Faust" by Aleksander Sokurov. Darren Aronofsky awarded the prize saying: "There are some films that can change your life and this was one of them. I am deeply humbled to present this award to Aleksander Sokurov,"
Silver Lion for Best Director: Shangjun Cai for "Ren Shan Ren Hai"
Special Jury Prize: "Terraferma" by Emanuele Crialeze
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Michael Fassbender for "Shame"
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Deanie Yip for "A Simple Life"
Premio Marcello Mastroianni, for the best emerging actor or actress: Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô for "Himizu"
Osella for Best Cinematography: "Wuthering Heights" by Andrea Arnold
Osella for Best Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou for "Alps". On receiving the award, Lanthimos referred to the hard times Greek cinema has been going through for the past several years.
Special Lion for Overall Work: Marco Bellocchio
FIPRESCI Prize: “Shame”, Steve McQueen
Leoncino Award: “Carnage”, Roman Polanski
Queer Golden Lion: "Wilde Salome" by Al Pacino