Venice Film Festival Leads As The First Major International Physical Event In COVID-Era

The festival that concluded on 12 September, gave away its awards while maintaining all Coronavirus protocols

Raghav N

September 14, 2020

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The Venice Film Festival, that started on 2 September in Lido di Venezia, Italy, is the first major international physical event in the post-lockdown era. The world’s oldest cinema festival recently concluded with its annual awards ceremony on 12 September.

While there was a lack of the regular Hollywood fanfare due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions, it was more than made up for with well-received movies. There were 18 films gunning for the top position in the main competition, including a record eight films directed by women.

The jury, led by actress Cate Blanchett gave away the prestigious Golden Lion Award to Nomadland director, Chole Zhao. Both Chloe and her actress Francis McDormand acknowledged the honour through a video as they could not travel. Filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa won the best director award for his Japanese historical drama, Wife of a Spy.

While Vanessa Kirby won the best actress award for Pieces of a Woman, a heart-wrenching story about a mother coping with a home child-birth loss, the best actor was taken by Pierfrancesco Favino for Padrenostro.

Veteran Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky won a special jury prize for his masterpiece, Dear Comrades!

This festival is often considered as a showcase for Oscar contenders. Arrangements included socially distanced seating and compulsory mask wearing. The organizers have been applauded around the world for flagging off the initiative to try and get people back to the theatres.

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