78th Venice International Film Festival

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78th Venice International Film Festival
78th Venice Film Festival poster.jpg
Official festival poster by Lorenzo Mattotti.
Opening filmParallel Mothers
Closing filmIl Bambino Nascosto
LocationVenice, Italy
AwardsGolden Lion: Happening
Hosted bySerena Rossi
No. of films92
Festival date1 – 11 September 2021
Venice Film Festival chronology

The 78th annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 1 to 11 September 2021.[1] South Korean director Bong Joon-ho was appointed as the President of the Jury, marking the first time a South Korean director has been picked as the festival's top juror.[2][3] Serena Rossi hosted the opening and closing nights.[4] The Golden Lion was awarded to Happening directed by Audrey Diwan.[5]


Main Competition (Venezia 78)[6]


Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film[6]

Official selection[edit]

In Competition[edit]

The following films were selected for the main international competition:[7]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
America Latina Damiano D'Innocenzo and Fabio D'Innocenzo Italy
Another World Un autre monde Stéphane Brizé France
The Box La caja Lorenzo Vigas Mexico, United States
Captain Volkonogov Escaped Капитан Волконогов бежал Aleksey Chupov and Natalya Merkulova Russia
The Card Counter Paul Schrader United States
Freaks Out Gabriele Mainetti Italy, Belgium
The Hand of God È stata la mano di Dio Paolo Sorrentino Italy
Happening L'événement Audrey Diwan France
Il buco Michelangelo Frammartino Italy, France, Germany
Leave No Traces Żeby nie było śladów Jan P. Matuszyński Poland, France, Czech Republic
The Lost Daughter Maggie Gyllenhaal United States, Greece
Lost Illusions Illusions perdues Xavier Giannoli France
Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon Ana Lily Amirpour United States
Official Competition Competencia oficial Gastón Duprat and Mariano Cohn Spain
On the Job: The Missing 8 Erik Matti Philippines
Parallel Mothers (opening film) Madres paralelas Pedro Almodóvar Spain
The Power of the Dog Jane Campion United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Canada, New Zealand
The King of Laughter Qui rido io Mario Martone Italy, Spain
Reflection Відблиск Valentyn Vasyanovych Ukraine
Spencer Pablo Larraín United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Chile
Sundown Michel Franco Mexico, France, Sweden
Highlighted title indicates Golden Lion winner.

Out of Competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[8][9][10][11][12]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Inner Cage Ariaferma Leonardo Di Costanzo Italy, Switzerland
Dune Denis Villeneuve United States
Halloween Kills David Gordon Green
Il bambino nascosto (closing film) Roberto Andò Italy, France
The Catholic School La scuola cattolica Stefano Mordini Italy
The Last Duel Ridley Scott United Kingdom, United States
Last Night in Soho Edgar Wright United Kingdom
Les Choses Humaines Yvan Attal France
Old Henry Potsy Ponciroli United States
Original title Director(s) Production country
Becoming Led Zeppelin Bernard MacMahon United States
Deandré#Deandré Storio di un Impiegato Roberta Lena Italy
Django & Django Luca Rea
Ennio Giuseppe Tornatore Italy, Belgium, Japan, Holland
Ezio Bosso: Le cose che restano Giorgio Verdelli Italy
Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine United States
Life of Crime 1984-2020 Jon Alpert
Republic of Silence Diana El Jeiroudi France, Germany, Syria
Tranchées [uk] Loup Bureau France
Viaggio Nel Crepuscolo Augusto Contento France, Italy
Original title Director(s) Production country
Scenes from a Marriage (episodes 1-5) Hagai Levi United States
Short films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Night 良夜不能留 Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
Plastic Semiotic Radu Jude Romania
Sad Film Vasili Myanmar, Netherlands


The following films were selected for the Horizons (Italian: Orizzonti) section:[13]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Atlantide Yuri Ancarani Italy, France, United States, Qatar
Miracol Bogdan George Apetri Romania, Czech Republic, Latvia
Pilgrims Piligrimai Laurynas Bareisa Lithuania
Il Paradiso del Pavone Laura Bispuri Italy, Germany
The Falls 瀑布 Mong-hong Chung Taiwan
El Hoyo en la Cerca Joaquín del Paso Mexico, Poland
Amira Mohamed Diab Egypt, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia
Full Time À Plein Temps Éric Gravel France
107 Mothers Cenzorka Peter Kerekes Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Ukraine
Vera Dreams of the Sea Vera Andrron Detin Kaltrina Krasniqi Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia
Les Promesses Thomas Kruithof France
White Building Bodeng Sar Kavich Neang Cambodia, France, China, Qatar
Anatomy of Time Wela Jakrawal Nilthamrong Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore, Germany
El Otro Tom Rodrigo Plá Mexico, United States
El Gran Movimiento Kiro Russo Bolivia, France, Qatar, Switzerland
Once Upon a Time in Calcutta Aditya Vikram Sengupta India, France, Norway
Rhino Носоріг Oleh Sentsov[14] Ukraine, Poland, Germany
True Things Harry Wootliff United Kingdom
Inu-Oh Masaaki Yuasa Japan, China


Official selection[edit]

The following official awards were presented at the 78th Edition:[15]

In Competition

Horizons (Orizzonti)

  • Best Film: Pilgrims by Laurynas Bareisa
  • Best Director: Full Time by Éric Gravel
  • Special Jury Prize: El Gran Movimiento by Kiro Russo
  • Best Actress: Laure Calamy for Full Time
  • Best Actor: Piseth Chhun for White Building
  • Best Screenplay: 107 Mothers by Peter Kerekes
  • Best Short Film: The Bones by Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña
  • Armani Beauty Audience Award: The Blind Man Who Did Not Want to See Titanic by Teemu Nikki

Lion of the Future

  • Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: Imaculat by George Chiper-Lillemark and Monica Stan

Autonomous sections[edit]

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:[16]

Venice International Critics' Week

  • Grand Prize: Zalava by Arsalan Amiri
  • Mario Serandrei: They Carry Death by Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón
  • Best Short Film: Inchei by Federico Demattè
  • Best Director: Inchei by Federico Demattè
  • Best Technical Contribution: L'Incanto by Chiara Caterina

Other collateral awards[edit]

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection:[16]

Special mention: La Ragazza Ha Volato by Wilma Labate
Special mention: Costa Brava by Mounia Akl (treatment of issues related to environment)
Special mention: 7 Prisoners by Alexandre Moratto (treatment of issues related to work)
Special mention: Full Time by Éric Gravel (treatment of issues related to work)
Special Mention: Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon by Ana Lily Amirpour
Special mention: The Card Counter by Paul Schrader
Special mention: The Hand of God by Paolo Sorrentino
  • Smithers Foundation Award "Ambassador of Hope": Life of Crime 1984-2020 by Jon Alpert
  • “Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award” XI edition
  • 10th INTERFILM Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue: Amira by Mohamed Diab
  • Verona Film Club Award: Erasing Frank by Gàbor Fabricius

Special Awards[edit]


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