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Sunday, 10 September 2017 12:18

Venice 2017: 'The Shape of Water' & 'Foxtrot' Win Top Prizes at Venezia

Written by  FirstShowing

The 74th Venice Film Festival wrapped up this weekend on the Lido, and the awards were handed out. The top prize at Venice is a Golden Lion (in honor of the iconic lion that is the symbol of the city) and it's one of the greatest achievements in cinema, along with the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

This year's big winner is Guillermo del Toro's fantasy love story The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins as a lonely woman who falls in love with a fish creature at a secret lab (read my review). The runner-up prize went to Foxtrot, another brilliant film, this one criticizing modern life in Israel (read my review). I'm very happy about these two, and all of the Venice prizes (more below). An exciting first year at the festival for me.

Main Venice Awards

The Venezia 74 Jury, chaired by Annette Bening, and comprised of Ildikó Enyedi, Michel Franco, Rebecca Hall, Anna Mouglalis, David Stratton, Jasmine Trinca, Edgar Wright and Yonfan having viewed all 21 films in competition, has decided as follows:

Golden Lion for Best Film: The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro (USA)

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: Foxtrot by Samuel Maoz (Israel, Germany, France, Switzerland)

Read more at FirstShowing

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