All Awards: Poor Things wins Venice Golden Lion; Cailee Spaeny and Peter Sarsgaard win best actors

AFP , Ahram Online , Sunday 10 Sep 2023

Poor Things, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Emma Stone, won the Golden Lion; Cailee Spaeny won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of Elvis Presley's wife in Priscilla; and Peter Sarsgaard won best actor for his performance as a man suffering from dementia in Memory.

Venice Film Fetsival


In accepting the Best Actress award, Cailee Spaeny said: "Priscilla trusted me with something truly complex, subtle, difficult, and personal and I was overwhelmed by the responsibility to honour this delicate section of her life."

Meanwhile, Peter Sarsgaard used his acceptance speech to back the ongoing Hollywood strikes, stressing that the biggest issue in the strikes was confronting the threat from artificial intelligence.

"We all agree that an actor is a person and a writer is a person, but it seems we can't. And that's terrifying because this work is about connection," said Sarsgaard. 

Other awards include:

Main Competition
Grand Jury Prize for Evil Does Not Exist by Ryusuke Hamaguchi
Best Director: Matteo Garron for Io Capitano
Special Jury Prize: Green Border by Agnieszka Holland
Best Screenplay: Guillermo Calderon, Pablo Larrain for the film El Conde
Best Young Actor: Seydou Sarr in Io Capitano

Orizzonti (Horizons)
Best Film: Explanation for Everything by Gabor Reisz
Best Director: Mika Gustafson for Paradiset Brinner (Paradise is Burning)
Special Jury Prize: Una Sterminata Domenica by Alain Parroni
Best Actress: Margarita Rosa De Francisco in El Paraíso
Best Actor: Tergel Bold-Erdene in City of Wind
Best Screenplay: El Paraíso by Enrico Maria Artale

Short Film Competition
Best Short Film: A Short Trip by Erenik Beqiri

Other Awards:
Lion of the Future - Venice Award for a Debut Film: (Al Shi Yi Ba Qiang) Love Is a Gun — Lee Hong-Ch

Orizzonti Extra
Audience Award: Felicita by Micheala Ramazotti

Venice Classics
Best Documentary on Cinema: Thank You Very Much by Alex Braverman

Best Restored Film
Ohikkoshi (Moving) by Shinji Somae

Venice Immersive
Grand Prize: Songs for a Passerby by Celine Daemen

Special Jury Prize
Flow by Adriaan Lokman

Achievement prize
Emperor by Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen

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