Venice Film Festival Winners Announced


Everyone hates pigeons. Their sole purpose for existence seems to be to annoy humans. They have no point, no reason to be on this planet, and not even the childhood cartoon “Pigeon Street” could not fool us into thinking they were nice friendly birds. The only people on the planet who seem to like Pigeons are the Venice Film Festival jury, who have voted A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence as their best film.

Director Roy Andersson’s offbeat comedy A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence has won the Golden Lion Award for best film at the 71st Venice Film Festival. The film is the final part of a trilogy about what it means to be a human being, following on from Songs From The Second Floor in 2000 and You, The Living in 2007. The title of the film is a reference to the painting The Hunter in The Snow, which was painted by Pieter Bruegel The Elder in 1565, a man who, with a name like that, should have been in Game of Thrones. Although by the time it started filming in 2011, Pieter would have been 446, so he may have had trouble remembering his lines.

On receiving the award, Roy Andersson said that the film had been inspired by the 1948 Italian film Bicycle Thieves by Vittorio De Sica, thus becoming an instant hit with the Italian audience. He beat the film that was tipped to win the award, Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence, which had to settle for the Grand Jury prize.

American actor Adam Driver, who will be seen in the new Star Wars film, won Best Actor award for the Italian film Hungry Hearts, directed by Saverio Costanzo. The film’s female star, Alba Rohrwacher, also won Best Actress, so it was a great scoop for the film, especially as it was made for under 1 million Euros. The full list of winners can be seen below:


Golden Lion For Best Film:

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence-  Directed by Roy Andersson

Silver Lion For Best Director:
Andrei Konchalovsky- The Postman’s White Nights

Grand Jury Prize:
The Look Of Silence Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Volpi Cup For Best Actress:
Alba Rohrwacher- Hungry Hearts

Volpi Cup For Best Actor:
Adam Driver– Hungry Hearts

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress:
Romain Paul–  Le Dernier Coup De Marteau

Best Screenplay:
Ghesseha- Directed by  Rakshan Banietemad

Special Jury Prize:
Sivas– Directed by Kaan Mujdeci

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

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.