Venice Winners and the Loser Who Called Jennifer Kent a Whore

September 9, 2018
The winners have been announced at the Venice Film Festival, including Jennifer Kent's highly anticipated The Nightingale.

Alfonso Cuaron’s first film since 2013’s Gravity has taken out the Golden Lion with the Netflix Original Roma. The black and white autobiographical period film was chosen by the jury, which included Sylvia Chang, Trine Dyrholm, Nicole Garcia, Paolo Genovese, Malgorzata Szumowska, Taika Waititi, Christoph Waltz, Naomi Watts and jury president Guillermo del Toro, who last year won the award for The Shape of Water.

Other winners included Yorgos Lanthimos’ royal court set The Favourite, which took out the Jury Prize, with the film’s Olivia Colman winning the Volci Cup for Best Actress;  Willem Dafoe picked up the Volci Cup for Best Actor in Julien Schnabel’s At Eternity’s Gate. Joel and Ethan Coen won Best Screenplay for their anthology film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Jacques Audiard’s English language debut, the witty Western, The Sister Brothers, picked up the Best Director award. [as a side note, check out what we put together back in 2016 – thanks for listening ;)]

Jennifer Kent’s highly anticipated sophomore film The Nightingale won the special jury prize, and her actor Baykali Ganambarr took out the Marcello Mastroianni award for Best New Talent.

“I would also like to say to all those women out there wanting to make films, please go and do it,” said Kent on accepting her award. “We need you. The feminine force is the most powerful and healing force on the planet. I’m confident next year and the year after we’ll see more and more women inhabiting this space.”

Kent’s film, the only one in competition directed by a female, was also in the news when an audience member at the press screening of The Nightingale shouted out “Shame on you, whore! You Suck!” during the end credits when Kent’s name came up on the screen. Some douche named Sharif Meghdoud eventually confessed to the heckling and has since had his press accreditation taken away by the festival.

 

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