At the 76th Venice Film Festival, twelve films supported by the MEDIA programme competed at the festival and five of them were rewarded with prestigious prizes.
- Silver Lion for Best Director went to Roy Andersson for ‘About Endlessness’ (Sweden, Germany, Norway).
- Luca Marinelli won the ‘Coppa Volpi’ for Best Actor for ‘Martin Eden’ by Pietro Marcello (Italy, France).
- Orizzonti Award for Best Director went to Théo Court for ‘Blanco en blanco’ (Spain, Chile, France, Germany).
- Orizzonti Award for Best Actress went to Marta Nieto for her role in ‘Madre’ by Rodrigo Sorogoyen (Spain, France).
- Amjad Abu Alala's debut film 'You Will Die at 20' was rewarded with the Lion of the Future Prize.
The Silver Lion for Best Director was awarded to Roy Andersson for 'About Endlessness,’ a Sweden, Germany, Norway co-production which received €52,800 of MEDIA distribution funding. Andersson's film features a series of slow, stylised vignettes of life in Norway, narrated by a young woman, where small moments are given as much weight as historical events.
Luca Marinelli was awarded with the ‘Coppa Volpi’ for Best Actor for his role in ‘Martin Eden’ by Pietro Marcello (Italy, France). The film received €30, 000 in MEDIA support for its distribution in France. Based on a Jack London novel about a young sailor who falls in love with an upper class woman and wants to become a writer.
In the Orizzonti Competition, dedicated to latest trends in international cinema, two MEDIA films were awarded: Best Director went to Théo Court for ‘Blanco en blanco’ - a coproduction with Spain, Chile, France, Germany which received €30,000 MEDIA development funding; Marta Nieto won Best Actress for her role in ‘Madre’ by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, a Spanish-French co-production which received €65,000 MEDIA distribution support.
One of the emerging talents supported by the programme, Amjad Abu Alala, saw his debut film rewarded with the Lion of the Future prize for ‘You Will Die at 20' which received €50,000 MEDIA funding under the international co-production scheme. Beautifully shot, this is a film from Sudan, a fable set in an isolated village where superstition abounds.