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Wild comedy ‘Poor Issues’ wins prime prize at Venice Competition

The 80th Venice Film Festival - Awards Ceremony - Venice, Italy, September 9, 2023. Director Yorgos Lanthimos poses with Golden Lion Award for Best Film for the movie 'Poor Things'. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The eightieth Venice Movie Competition – Awards Ceremony – Venice, Italy, September 9, 2023. Director Yorgos Lanthimos poses with Golden Lion Award for Greatest Movie for the film ‘Poor Issues’. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

VENICE — “Poor Issues,” a gothic, sex-charged comedy directed by Greece’s Yorgos Lanthimos, received the distinguished Golden Lion award on the Venice Movie Competition on Saturday.

Starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo, the British-made movie wowed festival-goers with its zany story of a lady reanimated after suicide by a mad physician who replaces her mind with that of her unborn child.

Childlike however with an grownup’s physique, Stone’s character Bella Baxter grows more and more impartial and excited by her sexual experimentations as she undertakes a voyage of self-discovery by a surreal model of nineteenth century Europe.

“The central character is Bella Baxter, an unimaginable creature, and he or she wouldn’t exist with out Emma Stone, one other unimaginable creature,” mentioned Lanthimos, whose earlier movies embrace “The Favorite” amd “The Lobster”.

Venice marks the beginning of the awards season and recurrently throws up huge favorites for the Oscars, with eight of the previous 11 greatest director awards going to movies that debuted right here.

The highest appearing awards on the competition went to 2 U.S. stars — Cailee Spaeny, who performed the previous spouse of Elvis Presley within the biopic “Priscilla,” and Peter Sarsgaard, who featured within the gritty household drama “Reminiscence”.

The runner-up Silver Lion award went to “Evil Does Not Exist”, an enigmatic, rural drama directed by Japan’s Ryusuke Hamaguchi — the one Asian entry among the many 23 movies competing for the primary prize.

Strike motion

Saturday’s ceremony wrapped up the 11-day film marathon, which drew an array of prime movies to Venice, however far fewer stars than regular as a long-running Hollywood actors’ strike prevented many A-listers from coming to advertise their work.

Actors and writers are demanding that streaming websites and movie studios enhance their contracts and impose curbs on using synthetic intelligence.

Accumulating his award, Sarsgaard mentioned AI needed to be curbed, warning that the difficulty had implications that went far past Hollywood.

“This holy expertise of being a human can be handed over to the machines and the eight billionaires who personal them. So if we lose that battle within the strike, our business would be the first of many to fall,” he mentioned.

Amongst different prizes handed out in Venice was a particular Jury’s Award for “Inexperienced Border,” a harrowing movie about migrants trapped on the Polish-Belarus border, directed by Poland’s Agnieszka Holland.

Greatest director went to Italy’s Matteo Garrone for “Me Captain,” one other gripping migrant film, which follows two youngsters from Senegal as they cross Africa hoping to achieve Europe. The younger star of the movie, Seydou Sarr, received the award for greatest rising actor or actress.

Greatest screenplay went to Guillermo Calderon and Pablo Larrain for the script of “El Conde”, a satirical movie about Chilean dictator Common Augusto Pinochet.


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