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Triumphant women. The Venice Film Festival awarded Cate Blanchett and honored Dasha Tregubova

The main award of the 79th Venice Film Festival went to a documentary filmed American Laura Poitras. But there is also a “male surprise” from the Irishman McDonagh.

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At the Venice Festival there were a considerable number of women-triumphants. The main award – “Golden Lion” – was received by American director Laura Poitras for the documentary film “All Beauty and Bloodshed”. In the center of the plot is the struggle of a photographer-activist. The Volpi Cup was awarded to Cate Blanchett for her performance as a conductor. And the Ukrainian actress Daria Tregubova was awarded the Women in cinema award.

Focus details the winners of the prestigious film forum in Venice.

Venice Festival and the fight against pharmaceutical monsters

The awards ceremony of the 79th Venice International Film Festival was held on the Lido in Venice. American director Laura Poitras, who directed the film “All Beauty and Bloodshed”, became the owner of the “Golden Lion” – the main award of the Venice Film Festival. 23 films competed for this prize. This is the second time a documentary has received a major award in the festival's history (the first was Gianfranco Rosi's “Holy Roman Ring” in 2013). Laura Poitras is best known for her film Citizenfour: The Truth of Snowden, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary in 2015.

All Beauty and Bloodshed follows New York-based photographer and social activist Nan Goldin as she battles a pharmaceutical company responsible for the opioid epidemic. Since the late 1990s, about half a million Americans have died due to an overdose of these drugs. It all started with the painkiller OxyContin, which was actually synthetic heroin and highly addictive. OxyContin was manufactured by Purdue Pharma, owned by pharmacists and marketers, the Sackler family. They launched a large-scale campaign in their defense: even lobbying in the government was used. Although thousands of Americans have already sued the company. After experiencing an overdose in 2017, photo artist Nan Goldin (her theme is bohemianism and gender) founded the human rights organization B.O.L.L. (P.A.I.N. – Prescription Addiction Intervention Now). The goal of the activists is to bring the Sackler magnates to justice. According to the American Society for Addictive Medicine, today four out of five people who try heroin in the US started with these painkillers.

Certainly – the most relevant topic for the US today. Is the picture about this “Golden Lion” worthy? Julianne Moore (The Hunger Games), the chairman of the jury of the festival, knows better.

Vampires, murderers, a female conductor and enemy friends

The Silver Lion went to Italian-American director Luca Guadagnino for his dystopian film Bones and All (sometimes translated as Bones And All).

This is a romantic horror – and it happens. The plot revolves around two young people (Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell) who live during the collapse of society. The main character is Maren, an abandoned girl in her teens, who travels across the country to find her father. With the help of a parent, she hopes to understand why she constantly wants to kill and eat people to whom she is drawn. On the way, the young ogre Li joins Maren. Young people begin to fall in love, but the stronger the feeling arises, the more they want to eat each other. How to be? The video is romantic, passionate, twitchy. Most reminiscent of Antonioni's “Zabriskie Point” (1970) – only here the “new hippies” make their living by hunting their own kind. As in a joke: “I love people,” the cannibal remarked.

“Grand Prix” was received by the French director Alice Diop for the film “Saint-Omer” – this picture is also on a not too philanthropic theme. In the story, a French student from Senegal is accused of killing her little daughter. The writer Rama goes to court and wants to use the details of this story for a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Medea (the sorceress who killed her children), but what she hears is not at all what the writer expected.

Cate Blanchett (“The Lord of the Rings”, “The Aviator”) was named the best actress for her role in the American director Todd Field's film “Tar” – she was awarded the Volpi Cup. The Volpi Cup is the official award of the Venice International Film Festival, which is given to the best actresses of the year who have performed the main roles in films presented in the competition program of the film festival.

The image, judging by the video, is unusual. The heroine Cate Blanchett is a conductor. Tough, with character. She loves women – her muse flashes in the video. The film itself with a complex visual range, with a bunch of metaphors. That face is a clot of cigarette smoke, a metronome and an orchestra in the frame – it is shown that these images are formed by time. The film is reminiscent of the painting “Amelie” (2001) in its poetic style.

Colin Farrell was recognized as the best actor for his role in the film “Banshee Inisherina” by Irishman Martin McDonagh (“Lie low in Bruges”), and McDonagh himself received prize for the best script. The script of the film is based on his own play, which has not yet been published.

The main characters are two friends (the second is played by Brendan Gleeson) living on the island of Inisherin, between whom a conflict suddenly arises.

Judging by the video, this is a purely male story and purely Irish. Well played. Gleason's character begins to despise Farrell's character for being ordinary. The layman, that is. He begins to annoy the hero Brendan – more educated and subtle. Although outwardly they look the opposite: one is a thug, and the other looks like a student. It comes to the point that the “thug” forbids talking to a former friend. If, they say, he speaks, Brendan's hero will cut off his finger. The second time he speaks – another finger.

The entire district, which until then had dozed in the provincial swamp of its small incidents, begins to follow the “war” of former friends with interest. Their wives and friends are drawn into it. Of course, the proud “thug-intellectual” woke up the demon of pride in Farrell's hero with his neglect. Is there another reason for this conflict? You can only find out by looking at the picture. Oppositional Russian critic Anton Dolin called this work the “Best Film of the Venice Competition”. Others criticize it for a weak ending.

In general, there is intrigue – the tape is worth a look.

Ukraine did not remain without a prize

We were waiting for one of the awards will receive the Ukrainian film by Antonio Lukich “Luxembourg, Luxembourg”, but the Venice Film Festival turned out to be unexpected here too – instead, it awarded the Ukrainian actress and TV presenter Daria Tregubova (“Papa Dan”) with the Women in cinema prize, this is an assessment of her work as a whole.

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Triumphant women. The Venice Film Festival awarded Cate Blanchett and honored Dasha Tregubova

Dasha Tregubova dedicated this victory to all Ukrainian women working in the film industry and her daughter Polina in her blog, noting: “Just imagine what emotions it is, when Yes, you get a letter in August from a group of well-known Italian film journalists. And in it: “With this award, we would like to recognize your undoubted talent and the sensitivity that you brought to each of your roles.” That's it!