French director Audrey Diwan’s “Levinman” won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, the jury announced on Saturday evening.
And Diwan, aged 41, is French of Lebanese descent.
The film “Levinman” or “The Event” is based on a biography of the same title by novelist Annie Erno during the 1960s. It shows the career of a pregnant young student played by Franco-Romanian Annamaria Vartolomi.
New Zealand’s Jane Campion won the Silver Lion for Best Director for “The Power of a Dog,” about the tragic events in a border region in the 1920s.
Spanish star Penelope Cruz won the Best Actress award at the festival for her role in “Madris Parallillas”, her latest collaboration with the famous film director Pedro Almodovar.
Accepting the award, Cruz said: “Thank you Pedro, you have done a magical job. I’m in love with you”.
The film tells the story of two women who give birth to their children on the same day and the same nursery school, in which Penelope Cruz embodies the role of a forty-year-old photographer who lives a turbulent life.
This year’s festival, in its 78th edition, also witnessed the return of major names of Hollywood cinema and studios to Venice, where films from 59 countries were shown.