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Venice 2022 Winners: ‘All the Beauty and the Bloodshed’ Takes Home the Golden Lion

After 10 days of long standing ovations and exciting new titles making their world premieres, the 79th annual Venice Film Festival concluded yesterday with its awards ceremony, which sets the stage for Awards Season. The Julianne Moore-headed jury awarded the Golden Lion for Best Film to Laura Poitras’ documentary All the Beauty and the Bloodshed. The TIFF and NYFF-bound documentary centers on the artist Nan Goldin and her attempts to hold Purdue Pharma, owned by the Sackler family, accountable for the Opioid Epidemic. It is likely that NEON will release it sometime this awards season.

The Banshees of Inisherin won double as Colin Farrell picked up the Volvi Cup for Best Actor and Martin McDonagh for Best Screenplay. Searchlight Pictures will release it in theaters October 21. Cate Blanchett picked up the win for Best Actress for her performance in TÁR, which will roll out in theaters October 7 from Focus Features.

The Silver Lion for Best Director was awarded to Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All. His cannibal love story was widely praised, especially for Taylor Russell’s performance for which she won the Best Young Actor Award. The Silver Lion was awarded last year to Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog, who also won the Oscar for Best Director. Will last year’s result repeat itself for Guadagnino?

Alice Diop’s psychological drama Saint Omer won the Grand Jury Prize (second place to the Golden Lion). The French film, which centers on a journalist’s investigation into the truth behind a woman killing her baby, will also screen at TIFF and NYFF. Special Jury Prize was awarded to Jafar Panahi’s No Bears. The Iranian filmmaker has received worldwide support from the film industry since his unjust detaining months ago.

Check out the complete list of winners below:


Best Young Actor: Taylor Russell “Bones and All,” 

Best Actor: Colin Farrell, “The Banshees of Inisherin”

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, “TÁR”

Best Screenplay: “The Banshees of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh

Special Jury Prize: “No Bears,” Jafar Panahi

Silver Lion for Best Director: “Bones and All,” Luca Guadagnino

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize: “Saint Omer,” Alice Diop

Golden Lion: “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed,” Laura Poitras


Best Short Film: “Snow in September,” Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

Best Screenplay: “Blanquita,” Fernando Guzzoni

Best Actor: “World War III,” Mohsen Tanabandeh

Best Actress: “Vera,” Vera Gemma

Special Jury Prize: “Bread and Salt,” Damian Kocur

Best Director: “Vera,” Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel

Best Film: “World War III,” Houman Seyyedi


Audience Award: “Nezouh,” Soudade Kaadan


Award for Best Debut Feature: “Saint Omer,” Alice Diop


Special Jury Prize: “Eggscape,” German Heller, Jorge Tereso, Federico Heller

Grand Jury Prize: “From the Main Square,” Pedro Harres

Best Immersive Experience: “The Man Who Couldn’t Leave,” Chen Singing


Best Restored Film: “Branded to Kill,” Seijun Suzuki

Best Documentary of Cinema: “Fragments of Paradise,” K.D. Davison

VENICE DAYS (previously announced)

Cinema of the Future Award: “The Maiden,” Graham Foy

Director’s Award: “Wolf and Dog,” Cláudia Varejão

People’s Choice Award: “Blue Jean,” Georgia Oakley

CRITICS’ WEEK (previously announced)

Grand Prize: “Eismayer,” David Wagner

Special Mention: “Anhell69,” Theo Montoya

Audience Award: “Margini,” Niccolò Falsetti

Verona Film Club Award: “Anhell69,” Theo Montoya

Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia Award for Best Technical Contribution: “Anhell69,” Theo Montoya

Best Short Film: “Puiet,” Lorenzo Fabbro and Bronte Stahl

Best Director (Short Film): “Albertine Where Are You?,” Maria Guidone

Best Technical Contribution (Short Film): “Reginetta,” Federico Russotto

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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