Venice 2022: Golden Lion film plot, who is the protagonist Nan Goldin

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Photographer and activist Nan Goldin is the “protagonist” of All the Beauty and the Bloodsheddocumentary by Laura Poitras, unannounced winner of the Golden Lion of Venice 79.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras is the Golden Lion of the 79th Venice Film Festival. Two awards went to Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino: Best Director and Mastroianni Award to the revelation of the festival, the protagonist Taylor Russell. As many as the French Alice Diop for Saint Omer.

A scene from Saint Omer by Alice Diop, winner of two awards: the Silver Lion and the Luigi De Laurentiis Award – Lion of the Future for the debut director.

For the jury led by Julianne Moore, the Golden Lion a All the Beauty and the Bloodshed it’s an arty choice. Noble but not very popular. More from the Biennale Arte than the Film Festival. If the intent of the Festival, as stated, was to bring the public back to the cinema, the jury’s choice seems to go somewhere else. Less “conciliatory”. We’ll see when All the Beauty and the Bloodshed will be released in Italian cinemas, thanks to I Wonder Pictures.

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed is signed by the documentarian Laura Poitras. American, she won the Oscar in 2015 with Citizenfour, on the Edward Snowdon case. He also signed Riskon the figure of Julian Assange.

This new work tells the story of photographer Nan Goldin’s battle against the Sackler family. She is one of the most subversive and provocative artists / photographers on the art scene from the 70s to today, against the rich and powerful owner of Purdue Pharma, producer of oxycodone. Opiate which, creating a very high addiction, has caused the death of hundreds of thousands of people over the years. Nan decided to fight for them. To give them justice.

The director worked on the project for three years. Goldin has been struggling since 2017. An activist, she founded the PAIN group to induce museums to reject Sackler funds. But also to remove the stigma of addiction and promote harm reduction strategies.

In addition to her struggle, she is in the film. Her life “extreme and controversial”. Of her The of her art of her tender and merciless, “daughter” of Diane Arbus, Larry Clark and Collier Schorr.

Born in Washington in 1953, Nan Goldin studied art in Boston. The ghost of her older sister Barbara, who committed suicide at 18, does not leave her. In the family, we must not talk about that death of her. Nan rebels. She, Barbara’s death, will put her in all her shots. She decides that she will always show the truth. In the 70s and 80s she lived in the New York that AIDS would overwhelm. The ballad of sexual dependency they are color slides taken over the years. Assembled together, with a soundtrack.

At the center of the film stand out together with other works of his: The Other Side, Sisters, Saints and Sibyls And Memory Lost. Goldin portrays friends. Pounded women. Drag queen. Drugged kids. He shows their bodies and faces. With morbidity and love together.

Venice 79 awards: the other winners of the 2022 Film Festival

Two awards also a Saint Omer by Alice Diop, story of a contemporary and black Medea. Prizes to actors are more predictable: Cate Blanchettgigantic in TARAnd Colin Farrell, very human in The Banshees of Inisherin. Film director Martin McDonagh won the Best Screenplay award (as it did at the time of Three posters in Ebbing, Missouri).

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The film given for winner No Bears by Jafar Panahi received “only” the Special Jury Prize. Honor to Luca Guadagnino, who dedicated his Leone as director to him: “The award is for him and his colleague arrested in Iran for subversion” …

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The poster of the Iranian film No Bears by jafar Panahi, in prison in his country. Special Prize, many gave him for the Golden Lion

The great and illustrious losers of the 2022 Venice Film Festival

All the films that were given as winners were great defeated. Nothing to the historical-political comedy Argentina 1985 and its mythical final “Nunca mas”. Nothing to its protagonist Ricardo Darin and Luigi Lo Cascio, Hugh Jackman and Brendan Fraser. Nothing a The Whale, the film by Darren Aronofsky. Among the Italians, the only winner is the American Luca Guadagnino. Choice that crosses borders. But which perhaps once again underlines how foreigners “struggle” to understand and at sea our stories.

The official awards of Venice 79

Golden Lion for Best Film:
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed by Laura Poitras (USA)

Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize:
Saint Omer’s Alice Diop (France)
Silver Lion – Best Director:
Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All (Italy)
Coppa Volpi for the best female interpretation:
Cate Blanchett for TAR by Todd Field (USA)
Coppa Volpi for the best male interpretation:
Colin Farrell for The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh (Ireland)
Special Jury Prize:
No Bears by Jafar Panahi (Iran)
Best Screenplay:
Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin (Ireland)
Marcello Mastroianni Award to a young emerging actor or actress:
Taylor Russell for Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino (Italy)

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Taylor Russell in Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino

Awards and winners of the Orizzonti section

Best Film:
The third World War by Houman Seyedi (Iran)
Best Director:
Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel for Vera (Italy)
Special prize:
Bread and salt by Damian Kocur (Poland)
Best Female Performance:
Vera Gemma for Vera (Italy)
Best Male Performance:
Mohsen Tanabandeh for Third World war (Iran)
Best Screenplay:
Blanquita by Fernando Guzzoni (Chile)
Best Short Film:
Snow in September (Mongolia)

Extra Horizons
Audience Award – Armani Beauty
Nezouh by Saudade Kaadan

The prizes and winners of the Venezia Classici section

Venezia Classici Award for the best restored film:
The butterfly on the viewfinderby Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967
Best Documentary:

Fragmentes of Paradise by KD Davison

Venice Immersive section prizes and winners

Grand Jury Prize for the best work:
From the Main Square by Pedro Harres
Best Experience:
The Man Who Couldn’t Leave by Chen Singing
Special Jury Prize:
Escape by German Heller

Luigi De Laurentiis Award – Lion of the Future
Saint Omer by Alice Diop


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