Venice Film Festival: PIGEON Takes Golden Lion

Swedish director Roy Andersson holds the Golden Lion prize for his movie "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" during the award ceremony at the 71st Venice Film Festival

The 71st Venice Film Festival has just ended. Jury president Alexandre Desplat and his team have decided the awards. Swedish director Roy Andersson won the Golden Lion for his offbeat, surrealist comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.

The Silver Lion for best director went to Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky’s near-silent drama The Postman’s White Nights.

Rising Hollywood star Adam Driver won best actor for Hungry Hearts and the Grand Jury Prize went to Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary The Look of Silence.

Alejandro G. Inarritu’s opener Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as a washed-up superhero, was “noticeably snubbed.”

Check out the winners below.

VENICE COMPETITION

Golden Lion, Best Film:
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson (Sweden, Germany, Norway, France)

Silver Lion, Best Director:
Andrei Konchalovsky, The Postman’s White Nights (Russia)

Grand Jury Prize:
The Look of Silence by Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, United Kingdom)

Volpi Cup, Best Actress:
Alba Rohrwacher, Hungry Hearts by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)

Volpi Cup, Best Actor:
Adam Driver, Hungry Hearts by Saverio Costanzo (Italy)

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress:
Romain Paul, Le Dernier Coup De Marteau by Alix Delaporte (France)

Best Screenplay:
Ghesseha (Tales) by Rakshan Banietemad (Iran)

Special Jury Prize:
Sivas by Kaan Mujdeci (Turkey, Germany)

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a debut film:
Court by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)

VENICE HORIZONS

Best Film:
Court by Chaitanya Tamhane (India)

Best Director:
Naji Abu Nowar, Theeb (Jordan, U.A.E., Qatar, United Kingdom)

Special Jury Prize:
Belluscone by Franco Moresco (Italia)

Best Actor:
Emir Hadzihafizbegovic, These Are the Rules by Ognjen Svilicic (Croatia, France, Serbia, Macedonia)

Best Short Film:
Maryam by Sidi Saleh (Indonesia)

VENICE CLASSICS

Best Restored Film:
Una Giornata Particolare by Ettore Scola (1977 Italy, Canada)

Set in a drab modern Sweden with occasional bursts of surrealism and song, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch loosely follows two sad-sacks trying unsuccessfully to sell vampire teeth and other jokey novelties.

A drama rooted in the reality of a remote lakeside Russian village about a charismatic postman who is the locals’ sole connection to the outside world, feauturing a largely non-pro cast.