With the Leone d’Oro, the exhibition shines the spotlight on the opiate crisis

With the Leone d’Oro, the exhibition shines the spotlight on the opiate crisis

With the Leone d’Oro, the exhibition shines the spotlight on the opiate crisis

Documentary director Laura Poitras won the Golden Lion in Venice this Saturday for All the beauty and the bloodshed, a film that highlights the journey of photographer Nan Goldin, a figure from the New York underground, and her fight against opiates in the United States.

The Venice Film Festival turned the spotlight on the opiate drama crowning the documentary All the beauty and the bloodshed about photographer Nan Goldin and her relentless fight against this health scandal that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives in the United States.

The jury chaired by actress Julianne Moore awarded the Golden Lion to director Laura Poitras, 58, and thus crowns a third consecutive director, after last year’s French Audrey Diwan (The event) and Chinese-American Chloé Zhao (nomadic land) in 2020.

Above all, she distinguishes a combative personality who relentlessly probes the gray areas of America: after working on the American occupation in Iraq and then in Guantanamo, she became the confidant of whistleblower Edward Snowden and realized Citizen four (2015), which won the Oscar for best documentary.

No shocking revelations this time All the beauty and the bloodshed, the award-winning film in Venice, but a journey into the life of Nan Goldin, a 68-year-old photographer known for her shots of the New York underground and who has seen so many deaths, from AIDS to the opiate crisis, her last fight. Because Nan Goldin, who had returned from Venice and could not collect her award, was the protagonist of a David vs Goliath fight against the Sackler family, major producers of opioids, painkillers that have made addicted and killed half a million Americans in the past two. decades. “I have known many brave people in my life, but none like (Nan Goldin), who fought this very powerful family“Said the director upon receiving the award.

The Venice jury sent another political signal by awarding a Special Award to director Jafar Panahi, showing that cinema would not bow to censorship in Iran and offering its support to a filmmaker who pays for his desire to create with his freedom. .

Leone d’Oro in 2000 with The circle, Panahi is the only director in competition who has not been able to walk the red carpet, imprisoned since July by the mullahs’ regime. In No bear (Bears don’t exist), the award-winning film, throws its situation into the abyss, a brilliant affront to censorship.

Slap for Netflix

But the Venetian ceremony, which serves as a springboard for the Oscars, after the “success stories” of films such as nomadic land by Chloé Zhao, Golden Lion in 2020 o Rome by Alfonso Cuaron, two years earlier, he did not forget the glamor. The acting awards went to red carpet stars, Cate Blanchett (Tar) and Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin).

The schedule instead sounds like a slap in the face of the online video giant Netflix, in search of cinephile legitimacy in Venice. Deprived of the competition at Cannes because his films do not come out in theaters, he has his napkin ring at the Lido where he presented four films. Alas, nor the performance of Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe in the biopic Blond haironline at the end of September, nor the excess of Frenchman Romain Gavras in describing the uprising in a suburb (“Athena”) Did not convince the jury. No more than the Mexican Alejandro González Iñárritu, who lost spectators in the maze of his bardor the American Noah Baumbach, who hasn’t regained the charm of his previous films with White noise.

List of main awards:

Golden Lion for Best Film: All the beauty and the bloodshed by Laura Poitras (United States)

Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize and Future Lion – Best First Feature: Sant’Omer by Alice Diop (France)

Silver Lion – Award for Best Director: the Italian Luca Guadagnino for Bones and all

Best Actress Award: Australian Cate Blanchett for her role in Tar by Todd Field

Best Actor Award: Irish Colin Farrell for his role in The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh

Marcello Mastroianni Award for the most promising actor or woman: actress Taylor Russell for her role in Bones and all by Luca Guadagnino

Special Jury Prize: Bears don’t exist by Jafar Panahi (Iran)

Best Screenplay Award: The Banshees of Inisherin by the Irishman Martin McDonagh

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