Biennale Cinema 65th Venice Film Festival Official Venezia 65 Awards
Venice, 6th September 2008
The Venezia 65 Jury, chaired by Wim Wenders and comprised of Juriy Arabov, Valeria Golino, Douglas Gordon, Lucrecia Martel, John Landis, and Johnnie To, having viewed all twenty-one films in competition, has decided as follows:
GOLDEN LION for Best Film: "The Wrestler"
Directed by Darren Aronofsky (USA)
SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Aleksey German Jr. for "Bumažnyj Soldat" (Paper Soldier) (Russia)
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to: "Teza"
Directed by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia, Germany, France)
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor: Silvio Orlando for "Il papà di Giovanna"
Directed by Pupi Avati (Italy)
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress: Dominique Blanc for "L’autre"
Directed by Patrick Mario Bernard and Pierre Trividic (France)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress: Jennifer Lawrence for "The Burning Plain" by Guillermo Arriaga (USA)
OSELLA for Best Cinematography to: Alisher Khamidhodjaev and Maxim Drozdov for "Bumažnyj Soldat" (Paper Soldier)
Directed by Aleksey German Jr. (Russia)
OSELLA for Best Screenplay to: Haile Gerima for "Teza" by Haile Gerima (Ethiopia, Germany, France)
SPECIAL LION for Overall Work to: Werner Schroeter
The Jury decided to award a Special Lion for his uncompromising and relentlessly innovative work over a period of 40 years to Werner Schroeter.
“LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
The “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 65th Venice Film Festival, comprised of Abdellatif Kechiche (President), Alice Braga, Gregory Jacobs, Donald Ranvaud, and Heidrun Schleef, has unanimously decided to award the
“LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
"Pranzo Di Ferragosto" by Gianni Di Gregorio (SIC - International Critics’ Week, Italy)
Aurelio De Laurentiis and Filmauro award a cash prize, of 100,000 USD, to the winning first film (50,000 to the director, 50,000 to the producer). To the director, an additional film voucher for 40,000 Euro will also be awarded, offered by Kodak.