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Official Awards of the 68th Venice Film Festival (31 August > 10 September 2011)

  Head of the Venezia 68 Jury: Darren Aronofsky;
Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Marco Bellocchio;
Glory to the Film-maker award: Al Pacino;
Best film: "Faust" by Alexander Sokurov

Raising talents in his hometown

MARCO BELLOCCHIO (1939), Italian film director, screenwriter, and actor born in Born in Bobbio, near Piacenza. After a strict Catholic education, he began studying philosophy but then decided to enter film school, making his first film, "I Pugni in tasca" (Fists in the Pocket, 1965), was funded by family members and shot on family property. He made a big impact on radical Italian cinema in the mid-sixties, and was a friend of Pasolini. In 1968 he joined the Communist Union, turning then to a socialist, radical vision, anyway veryu critical towards religion and Catholicism. In 1991, he won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the 41st Berlin International Film Festival for his film "The Conviction". In 1995, he directed a documentary about the Red Brigades and the kidnapping of Aldo Moro, entitled "Sogni infranti" (Broken Dreams). In 2003, he directed a feature film on the same theme, "Buongiorno, notte" (Good Morning, Night). In 2006 his film "The Wedding Director" was screened at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. In 2009, he directed "Vincere", in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. He was awarded with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in September 2011. At his homwtown Bobbio, each year, Bellocchio directs the Laboratory "Farecinema" and "Bobbio Film Festival", with performances throughout the summer in the courtyard of Abbey of Saint Columban.

Suggested FILMS directed by MARCO BELLOCCHIO:

"I Pugni in tasca" (Fists in the Pocket, 1965); "China is Near" (1967), "Sbatti il mostro in prima pagina" (Slap the Monster on Page One) (1972), "Nel Nome del Padre" (In the name of the Father) (1972), "Victory March" (1976), "Salto nel Vuoto" (1980), "Henry IV" (1984), "Il diavolo in corpo" (Devil in The Flesh 1986), "L'ora di religione" (My Mother's Smile, 2002), "Bella Addormentata" (Dormant Beauty 2012) about euthanasia, inspired to the story of Eluana Englaro.

  • GOLDEN LION for Best Film to "Faust" by Alexander Sokurov (Russia)
  • SILVER LION for Best Director to Cai Shangjun, for "People Mountain, People Sea"
  • SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to "Terraferma" by Emanuele Crialese - Italy
  • COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor to Michael Fassbender (Ireland) in "Shame" by Steve McQueen
  • COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress Deanie Ip in "A Simple Life" by Ann Hui (Hong Kong)
  • MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best New Young Actor or Actress to Shôta Sometani and Fumi Nikaidô for "Himizu"
  • OSELLA FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: Robbie Ryan for Wuthering Heights
  • OSELLA FOR BEST SCREENPLAY: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou for Alps
  • "Luigi de Laurentis" Award for a Debut Film: Là-bas by Guido Lombardi
  • Controcampo italiano prize (Feature film): to Scialla! by Francesco Bruni
  • Controcampo italiano prize (Short film): to A Chjàna by Jonas Carpignano
  • Controcampo italiano prize Doc: to Pugni chiusi by Fiorella Infascelli

  • ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM (full-length films) to Kotoko by Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)
  • SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE (full-length films) to Whores' Glory by Michael Glawogger (Austria, Germany)
  • Premio Orizzonti awards for medium-length film: Accidentes Gloriosos by Mauro Andrizzi and Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, Denmark, Germany)
  • Premio Orizzonti award for short film: In attesa dell'avvento by Felice D'Agostino and Arturo Lavorato (Italy)
  • Special Mentions: "O Le Tulafale" (The Orator) by Tusi Tamasese (New Zealand, Samoa), and "All The Lines Flow Out" by Charles LIM Yi Yong (Singapore)

2011 Venice Film Festival Films in Competition

VENEZIA 68 - the International competition of feature films, presented as world premieres:
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy directed by Tomas Alfredson - United Kingdom and France
  • Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold - United Kingdom
  • People Mountain People Sea (Ren shan ren hai) by Cai Shangjun - China and Hong Kong
  • Texas Killing Fields by Ami Canaan Mann United States
  • The Ides of March by George Clooney - United States
  • When the Night (Quando la notte) by Cristina Comencini - Italy
  • Terraferma by Emanuele Crialese - Italy
  • A Dangerous Method by David Cronenberg Germany and Canada
  • 4:44 Last Day on Earth by Abel Ferrara - United States
  • Killer Joe by William Friedkin - United States
  • That Summer (Un été brûlant) by Philippe Garrel - France
  • The Last Man on Earth (L'Ultimo Terrestre) by Gipi - Italy
  • A Simple Life (Taojie) by Ann Hui - Hong Kong
  • The Exchange (Hahithalfut) by Eran Kolirin - Israel and Germany
  • Alps (Alpi) by Yorgos Lanthimos - Greece
  • Shame by Steve McQueen - United Kingdom
  • Carnage by Roman Polanski - France, Germany, Spain and Poland
  • Faust by Alexander Sokurov - Russia
  • Dark Horse by Todd Solondz - United States
  • Himizu by Sion Sono - Japan
  • Chicken with Plums (Poulet aux prunes) by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud - France, Belgium and Germany
  • Life Without Principle , Dyut ming gam Johnnie To - Hong Kong
  • Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale, Sài dé kè ba lái (Chinese (Taiwan)) Wei Te-Sheng - Taiwan

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