The Venice Film Festival ended Saturday, September 8th and, as often happens, many of the predictions have been disregarded, twists at the last time occurred and the Italian cinema, in this competition with three films (“Sleeping Beauty”, “It’s been the son” and “Special Day”) remained left empty-handed. But let’s see in detail how things went!
The “Leone d’oro” for “Best film” went to the favorite of the Festival, the Korean’s “Pity” by Kim Ki-duk, while the “Leone d’argento” went to “The Master” by Paul Thomas Anderson. The two movies were the big favorites at the Festival and the jury wanted, in some way, reward them both, though preferring the violent scenes of “Pity” to the introspection of “The Master”.
Anderson’s film, however, has yielded the “Coppa Volpi” for best actor: a tie between the great Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, both applauded for their great performance. Many have predicted that the film will have great chances to win at the next Oscars night!
The “Coppa Volpi” for Best Actress was a big surprise: Hadas Yaron was awarded for her role in Rama Bursthein’s “Lemale et ha’chalal” (Israel). She won over the two big favorites actresses of this edition: Isabelle Huppert (“Sleeping Beauty”) and Cho Min-soo (“Pity”).
The films that have most disappointed critics and audiences were three: “Passion” by Brian De Palma, that turned out to be a weak and predictable thriller; “Special Day” by Cristina Comencini, a weak drama-comedy; and “To The Wonder” by Terrence Malik, a movie that seems to go nowhere.
Some bitter feelings about the lack of recognition to Brillante Mendoza for his documentary-movie “Thy Womb”, ignored for his wonderful direction.
Now the word is up to the public: some films seen at the Festival are already in theaters (“Sleeping Beauty”), others will come out in the coming weeks (“Pity”, “It was The Son”), with a few exceptions (“The Master” is scheduled for January 2013).
From the Venice Film Festival… see you next year!