A film about illegal abortions in France in the 1960s won first prize, the Golden Lion, at the Venice Film Festival.
The film “Levinman” or “The Event” by French director of Lebanese origin, Audrey Diwan, talks about a woman who seeks an abortion in order to complete her studies.
“I made this film with anger, with desire, and with all my heart and soul,” Diwan said upon receiving the award.
The film comes after controversial new laws were enacted in the US state of Texas banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
The 78th edition of the world’s most prestigious film festival concluded on Saturday night, with international celebrities swarming the red carpet in Venice.
This year’s party was completely different from last year’s party, when guests had to wear masks during the screening of the participating films. Almost half of the seats on the Lido waterfront remain vacant due to the Corona pandemic.
The award-winning film The Incident, based on the autobiography of novelist Annie Erno, depicts a young woman who seeks an abortion so that she can pursue her studies, despite the risks of imprisonment or death.
Diwan won the award unanimously by the members of the jury, which was chaired by the director of “Parasite” or “Parasite” Bong Joon Ho.
The second prize, the Silver Lion, went to Italian director Paolo Sorrentino for his film “The Hand of God”, a film about his youth in the southern Italian city of Naples.
Other female directors were honored at the closing ceremony of the festival, where New Zealand director Jane Campion won the Best Film Director award for her movie “The Power of the Dog” or “The Power of a Dog”, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Maggie Gyllenhaal also won best screenplay for “The Lost Daughter,” starring Olivia Colman.
Film star Penelope Cruz won Best Actress for her role in “Parallel Mothers” or “Parallel Mothers” by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar. The Best Actor award went to Filipino actor John Arseilla for his role in the crime thriller “On the Job: The Missing Eight” or “At Work: Missing Number 8”.
The festival’s first prize last year was given to “Nomadland” or “Nomadic Land”, an American film about the life of a widow who lives by the side of the road and travels from one place to another after losing her home during the financial crisis in 2008.