Silver Lion

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Silver Lion
Leone d'argento  (Italian)
Presented byVenice Film Festival
First awarded1953

The Silver Lion (Italian: Leone d'argento) refers to a number of awards presented at the Venice Film Festival over the years. The prize has been awarded irregularly and has gone through several changes of purpose. Between 1953 and 1994, the award was given infrequently to a number of films as second prize for those nominated for the Golden Lion. At various times, the Silver Lion has also been awarded for debut films, short films, and direction.

Since 1998, the Silver Lion for Best Direction has been an annual award presented for best directing achievements in a feature film at official competition section.

Silver Lion for Best Direction (1990–present)[edit]

Year Director Film Original title Nationality of director
1990 (47th) Martin Scorsese Goodfellas United States United States
1998 (55th) Emir Kusturica Black Cat, White Cat Црна мачка, бели мачор / Crna mačka, beli mačor Federal Republic of Yugoslavia FR Yugoslavia
1999 (56th) Zhang Yuan Seventeen Years 過年回家 / guò nián huí jiā China China
2000 (57th) Buddhadeb Dasgupta Uttara (The Wrestlers) উত্তরা / Uttara India India
2001 (58th) Babak Payami Secret Ballot رأی مخفی / Ra'ye makhfi Iran Iran
2002 (59th) Lee Chang-dong Oasis 오아시스 / Oasiseu South Korea South Korea
2003 (60th) Takeshi Kitano Zatōichi (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) 座頭市 / Zatōichi Japan Japan
2004 (61st) Kim Ki-duk 3-Iron 빈집 / Bin-jip South Korea South Korea
2005 (62nd) Philippe Garrel Regular Lovers Les Amants réguliers France France
2006 (63rd) Alain Resnais Private Fears in Public Places Cœurs
2007 (64th) Brian De Palma Redacted United States United States
2008 (65th) Aleksei Alekseivich German Paper Soldier Бумажный солдат / Bumazhnyy soldat Russia Russia
2009 (66th) Shirin Neshat Women Without Men Iran Iran
2010 (67th) Álex de la Iglesia The Last Circus Balada triste de trompeta Spain Spain
2011 (68th) Cai Shangjun People Mountain People Sea 人山人海 / Rén shān rén hǎi China China
2012 (69th) Paul Thomas Anderson The Master United States United States
2013 (70th) Alexandros Avranas Miss Violence Greece Greece
2014 (71st) Andrei Konchalovsky The Postman's White Nights Белые ночи почтальона Алексея Тряпицына / Belye nochi pochtalona Alekseya Tryapitsyna Russia Russia
2015 (72nd) Pablo Trapero The Clan El Clan Argentina Argentina
2016 (73rd) Amat Escalante The Untamed La región salvaje Mexico Mexico
Andrei Konchalovsky Paradise Рай / Ray Russia Russia
2017 (74th) Xavier Legrand Custody Jusqu'à la garde France France
2018 (75th) Jacques Audiard The Sisters Brothers
2019 (76th) Roy Andersson About Endlessness Om det oändliga Sweden Sweden
2020 (77th) Kiyoshi Kurosawa Wife of a Spy スパイの妻 Japan Japan

Defunct awards[edit]

Silver Lion Prize (1953–1994)[edit]

From 1953 to 1957, the Silver Lion was awarded to a number of films nominated for the Golden Lion as a second prize. Since 1988, the Silver Lion has been given to one or more films nominated for the Golden Lion.

Silver Lion for Best First Work(1981–1982)[edit]

Silver Lion for Best First Film (1983–1987)[edit]

Silver Lion for Best Screenplay (1990)[edit]

  • 1990 – Sirup by Helle Ryslinge

Silver Lion for Best Short Film (1996–2007)[edit]

Silver Lion for Revelation (2006)[edit]


  1. ^ "Venice Film Festival 1982 (Competition) – 39ª Mostra internazionale d'arte cinematografica di Venezia". Retrieved 29 March 2018.

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