Golden Lion: ‘Pigeon’ Airs It Out in Venice, ‘Birdman’ Left Standing On a Branch Reflecting

Golden Lion: ‘Pigeon’ Airs It Out in Venice, ‘Birdman’ Left Standing On a Branch Reflecting

Throughout the 71st Venice Film Festival, which wrapped on Friday, the expectation was that the Golden Lion for best film would go to Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” starring Michael Keaton. But the jury headed by Alexandre Desplat did the unexpected and gave the Lion to another bird with a lofty title, Swedish director Roy Andersson’s wildly funny “Pigeon On a Branch Reflecting On Experience.” “Birdman” received no awards.
A series of painterly, often inter-connected tableaux showing “what it’s like to be a human,” “Pigeon” is both philosophical and absurd, suggesting comedic influences ranging from Monty Python to Jacques Tati to Larry David, though in accepting the award, a reportedly emotional Andersson named the Italian neo-realist Vittorio De Sica as his primary influence. 
Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky was awarded the Silver Lion for best director for his “The Postman’s White Nights,” a tale of a remote village fascinated by the only local in contact with the wider world. The Grand Jury Prize went to Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful “The Look of Silence,” which like its predecessor, “The Act of Killing,” investigates the murders of thousands of “communists” in Indonesia in the mid-1960s. As intense as “The Act of Killing” was, “The Look of Silence” generates a more emotional response as it follows one man’s courageous attempt to find his brother’s killers.
The best acting prizes went to Adam Driver and Alba Rohrwacher, costars of Saverio Costanza’s “Hungry Hearts,” an intense quasi-thriller set in New York. The terrifically matched Driver and Rohrwacher play a couple with diverging views on raising their baby, to say the least. “Hungry Hearts” also plays Toronto. 
The Marcello Mastriani Award for Best Young Actor or Actress went to Romain Paul, the young star of Alix Delaporte’s “La Dernier Coup de Marteau.” Playing the son of a woman dying of cancer and a symphony-conductor father he’s never before met, Paul has a great natural screen presence, equal parts charm, vulnerability and depth.
Comprising Joan Chen, Philip Gröning, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tim Roth, Jessica Hausner, Elia Suleiman and Carlo Verdone, Desplat’s jury gave the nod for best screenplay to Rakhshan Banietemad and Farid Mostafi for the Iranian film “Ghesseha (Tales).” They awarded the Special Jury Prize to “Sivas,” first-time Turkish director Kaan Müjdeci’s drama about a boy and his fighting dog.  
Full Venice awards: 

GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:
EN DUVA SATT PÅ EN GREN OCH FUNDERADE PÅ TILLVARON
(A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE)
by Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France)
 
SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Andrej Končalovskij
for the film BELYE NOCHI POCHTALONA ALEKSEYA TRYAPITSYNA
(THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS)
(Russia)
 
GRAND JURY PRIZE to:
THE LOOK OF SILENCE by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, United Kingdom)
 
COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actor:
Adam Driver
in the film HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
 
COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actress:
Alba Rohrwacher
in the film HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
 
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD
for Best Young Actor or Actress to:
Romain Paul
in the film LE DERNIER COUP DE MARTEAU by Alix Delaporte (France)
 
AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Rakhshan Banietemad and Farid Mostafavi
for the film GHESSEHA (TALES) by Rakhshan Banietemad (Iran)
 
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
SIVAS by Kaan Müjdeci (Turkey, Germany)
 
 
LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival, chaired by Alice Rohrwacher and comprised of Lisandro Alonso, Ron Mann, Vivian Qu and Razvan Radulescu,  has decided to award:
 
LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)
ORIZZONTI
as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi  De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer
 
 
ORIZZONTI AWARDS
The Orizzonti Jury of the 71st Venice Film Festival, chaired by Ann Hui and composed of Moran Atias, Pernilla August, David Chase, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Roberto Minervini and Alin Taşçiyan after screening the 29 films in competition has decided to award:
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:
COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Naji Abu Nowar
for THEEB (Jordan, U.A.E., Qatar, United Kingdom)
 
the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:
BELLUSCONE. UNA STORIA SICILIANA
by Franco Maresco (Italy)
 
the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS to:
Emir Hadžihafizbegović
in the film TAKVA SU PRAVILA (THESE ARE THE RULES)
by Ognjen Sviličić (Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:
MARYAM by Sidi Saleh (Indonesia)
 
the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2014 to:
PAT – LEHEM (DAILY BREAD) by Idan Hubel (Israel)
 
 
VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARDS
The Venezia Classici Jury, chaired by Giuliano Montaldo composed of 28 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the teachers of 13 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Venetian Ca’ Foscari, has decided to award:
 
the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:
ANIMATA RESISTENZA by Francesco Montagner and Alberto Girotto (Italy)
 
the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:
UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE by Ettore Scola (1977, Italy, Canada)
 
 
GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2014 to:
Thelma Schoonmaker
Frederick Wiseman
 
 
JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD 2014 to:
James Franco
 
 
PERSOL TRIBUTE VISIONARY TALENT AWARD 2014 to:
Frances McDormand
 
 
L’ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA AWARD to:
Valentina Corti
The Awards at the 71st Venice International Film Festival
 
VENEZIA 71
The Venezia 71 Jury, chaired by Alexandre Desplat and comprised of Joan Chen, Philip Gröning, Jessica Hausner, Jhumpa Lahiri, Sandy Powell, Tim Roth, Elia Suleiman and Carlo Verdone having viewed all 20 films in competition, has decided as follows:
 
GOLDEN LION for Best Film to:
EN DUVA SATT PÅ EN GREN OCH FUNDERADE PÅ TILLVARON
(A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE)
by Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France)
 
SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Andrej Končalovskij
for the film BELYE NOCHI POCHTALONA ALEKSEYA TRYAPITSYNA
(THE POSTMAN’S WHITE NIGHTS)
(Russia)
 
GRAND JURY PRIZE to:
THE LOOK OF SILENCE by Joshua Oppenheimer
(Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, United Kingdom)
 
COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actor:
Adam Driver
in the film HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
 
COPPA VOLPI
for Best Actress:
Alba Rohrwacher
in the film HUNGRY HEARTS by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)
 
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD
for Best Young Actor or Actress to:
Romain Paul
in the film LE DERNIER COUP DE MARTEAU by Alix Delaporte (France)
 
AWARD FOR BEST SCREENPLAY to:
Rakhshan Banietemad and Farid Mostafavi
for the film GHESSEHA (TALES) by Rakhshan Banietemad (Iran)
 
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to:
SIVAS by Kaan Müjdeci (Turkey, Germany)
 
 
LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film Jury at the 71st Venice Film Festival, chaired by Alice Rohrwacher and comprised of Lisandro Alonso, Ron Mann, Vivian Qu and Razvan Radulescu,  has decided to award:
 
LION OF THE FUTURE – “LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS” VENICE AWARD FOR A DEBUT FILM to:
COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)
ORIZZONTI
as well as a prize of 100,000 USD, donated by Filmauro di Aurelio e Luigi  De Laurentiis to be divided equally between director and producer
 
 
ORIZZONTI AWARDS
The Orizzonti Jury of the 71st Venice Film Festival, chaired by Ann Hui and composed of Moran Atias, Pernilla August, David Chase, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Roberto Minervini and Alin Taşçiyan after screening the 29 films in competition has decided to award:
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST FILM to:
COURT by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST DIRECTOR to:
Naji Abu Nowar
for THEEB (Jordan, U.A.E., Qatar, United Kingdom)
 
the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to:
BELLUSCONE. UNA STORIA SICILIANA
by Franco Maresco (Italy)
 
the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST ACTOR OR ACTRESS to:
Emir Hadžihafizbegović
in the film TAKVA SU PRAVILA (THESE ARE THE RULES)
by Ognjen Sviličić (Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia)
 
the ORIZZONTI AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM to:
MARYAM by Sidi Saleh (Indonesia)
 
the VENICE SHORT FILM NOMINATION FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS 2014 to:
PAT – LEHEM (DAILY BREAD) by Idan Hubel (Israel)
 
 
VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARDS
The Venezia Classici Jury, chaired by Giuliano Montaldo composed of 28 students of Cinema History, chosen in particular from the teachers of 13 Italian Dams university programmes and from the Venetian Ca’ Foscari, has decided to award:
 
the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY ON CINEMA to:
ANIMATA RESISTENZA by Francesco Montagner and Alberto Girotto (Italy)
 
the VENEZIA CLASSICI AWARD FOR BEST RESTORED FILM to:
UNA GIORNATA PARTICOLARE by Ettore Scola (1977, Italy, Canada)
 
 
GOLDEN LION FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT 2014 to:
Thelma Schoonmaker
Frederick Wiseman
 
 
JAEGER-LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD 2014 to:
James Franco
 
 
PERSOL TRIBUTE VISIONARY TALENT AWARD 2014 to:
Frances McDormand
 
 
L’ORÉAL PARIS PER IL CINEMA AWARD to:
Valentina Corti

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