For only the second time in the Venice Film Festival's 79-year history, a documentary has won the Golden Lion for Best Film: All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, about trailblazing photographer Nan Goldin and her activism against the Sackler family and their company Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.

"I've never met anyone like Nan," filmmaker Laura Poitras said in her acceptance speech, thanking the festival for recognizing that "documentary is cinema." The last documentary to win the Golden Lion was Gianfranco Rosi's Sacro GRA in 2013.

Poitras is the third female director in a row to take home the top honor on the Lido, following Chloé Zhao in 2020 for Nomadland and Audrey Diwan last year for Happening. She previously won the Oscar for Best Documentary with 2014's Citizenfour, about Edward Snowden, following a nomination in 2007 for My Country, My Country.

In the main competition, Cate Blanchett and Colin Farrell were awarded his and hers acting honors for their performances in TÁR and The Banshees of Inisherin, respectively, while Luca Guadagnino took home the directing award for Bones and All, and Martin McDonagh won the screenplay prize for The Banshees of Inisherin.

The awards were announced during the festival's closing ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 10, with five international juries announcing their superlatives. The Venezia 79 jury was presided over by Julianne Moore and comprised of Mariano Cohn, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Audrey Diwan, Leila Hatami, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

Below, see the full list of winners.

Venezia 79

Golden Lion for Best Film

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, directed by Laura Poitras

Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize

Saint Omer, directed by Alice Diop

Silver Lion – Award for Best Director

Luca Guadagnino for Bones and All

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress

Cate Blanchett in the film TÁR by Todd Field

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor

Colin Farrell in the film The Banshees of Inisherin by Martin McDonagh

Award for Best Screenplay

Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Inisherin

Special Jury Prize

Khers Nist (No Bears), directed by Jafar Panahi

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress

Taylor Russell in the film Bones and All by Luca Guadagnino


Best Film

Jang-e Jahani Sevom (World War III), directed by Houman Seyedi

Best Director

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel for the film Vera

Special Jury Prize

Chleb i sól (Bread and Salt), directed by Damian Kocur

Best Actress

Vera Gemma in the film Vera by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel

Best Actor

Mohsen Tanabandeh in the film Jang-e Jahani Sevom (World War III) by Houman Seyedi

Best Screenplay

Fernando Guzzoni for the film Blanquita

Best Short Film

Snow in September, directed by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir

Venice Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards 2022

Snow in September, directed by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir


Armani Beauty Audience Award

Nezouh, directed by Soudade Kaadan

Venice Award for a Debut Film

Lion of the Future "Luigi de Laurentiis" Award for Best Debut Film

Saint Omer, directed by Alice Diop

Venice Classics

Best Documentary on Cinema

Fragments of Paradise, directed by KD Davison

Best Restored Film

Koroshi no Rakuin (Branded to Kill), directed by Suzuki Seijun

Venice Immersive

Best Experience

The Man Who Couldn't Leave, by Singing Chen

Grand Jury Prize

From the Main Square, by Pedro Harres

Special Jury Prize

Eggscape, by German Heller


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