Supple magazine was duly invited to the 66th Venice Film Festival, but our major commitments in Nigeria during the time of the film festival prevented us from going to Venice for the coverage.
The 66th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 2nd to 12th September 2009 at Venice Lido.
The Official Awards
Official Awards of the 66th Venice Film Festival
09 | 12 | 2009
The Venezia 66 Jury, chaired by Ang Lee and comprised of Sandrine Bonnaire, Liliana Cavani, Joe Dante, Anurag Kashyap, Luciano Ligabue, Sergei Bodrov, having viewed all twenty-five films in competition, has decided as follows:
Golden Lion for Best Film: Lebanon by Samuel MAOZ (Israel, France, Germany)
Silver Lion for Best Director to: Shirin NESHAT for the film Zanan Bedone Mardan (Women Without Men) (Germany, Austria, France)
Special Jury Prize to: Soul Kitchen by Fatih AKIN (Germany)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Colin FIRTH in the film A Single Man by Tom FORD (USA)
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Ksenia RAPPOPORTin the film La doppia ora by Giuseppe CAPOTONDI (Italy)
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress: Jasmine TRINCAin the film Il grande sogno by Michele PLACIDO (Italy)
Osella for Best Production Designer to: Sylvie OLIVÉfor the film Mr. Nobody by Jaco VAN DORMAEL (France)
Osella for Best Screenplay to: Todd SOLONDZ for the film Life during Wartime by Todd SOLONDZ (USA)
LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 66th Venice Film Festival, comprised of Haile Gerima (President), Ramin Bahrani, Gianni Di Gregorio, Antoine Fuqua, Sam Taylor Wood, has unanimously decided to award the
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentis” Venice Award for a Debut Film to: Engkwentro by Pepe DIOKNO (Philippines) – ORIZZONTI
as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro, to be divided equally between director and producer
CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO PRIZE
The Controcampo Italiano Prize Jury at the 66th Venice Film Festival, comprised of Carlo Lizzani (President), Giulio Questi, Marina Sanna, has unanimously decided to award the
Controcampo Italiano Prize to: Cosmonauta by Susanna NICCHIARELLI (Italy)
“for its ability to recall a crucial moment of the twentieth century through the eyes of a young girl”
Kodak will offer to the awarded director 40,000 euros in negative film stock – 35 or 16mm, chosen by the winner – to shoot a new feature film.
Special Mention to: Negli occhi by Daniele ANZELLOTTI and Francesco DEL GROSSO (Italy)