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73rd Venice International Film Festival

The 73rd annual Venice International Film Festival was held from 31 August to 10 September 2016.[1] English director Sam Mendes was the President of the Jury for the main competition.[2] The opening night film was Damien Chazelle's musical La La Land.[3] The Golden Lion was awarded to Lav Diaz's film The Woman Who Left.[4]

73rd Venice International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmLa La Land
Closing filmThe Magnificent Seven
LocationVenice, Italy
AwardsGolden Lion - The Woman Who Left
Hosted bySonia Bergamasco
Festival date31 August – 10 September 2016
Venice Film Festival chronology

A new project named Venice Production Bridge was introduced in this edition of the festival. The new project is intended to attract industry professionals and focus on original projects for films, internet, series, virtual reality, and works in progress, in order to help their development and production. It is also meant to work in conjunction with the Venice Film Market which started in 2012. Such projects as Final Cut in Venice, meant to help finance original films from African countries, and the Venice Gap-Financing Market will come under its scope.[5]



The following people formed the 2016 juries:[6][7]

Main competition (Venezia 73)

Horizons (Horizonti)

Opera Prima (Venice Award for a Debut Film)

Official selectionEdit

In competitionEdit

The following films were selected for the main competition:[8][9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Arrival Denis Villeneuve United States
The Bad Batch Ana Lily Amirpour United States
The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez Les Beaux Jours d'Aranjuez Wim Wenders France, Germany
The Blind Christ El Cristo ciego Christopher Murray France, Chile
Brimstone Martin Koolhoven France, Netherlands
The Distinguished Citizen El ciudadano ilustre Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat Argentina, Spain
Frantz François Ozon France, Germany
Jackie Pablo Larraín Chile, United States
La La Land Damien Chazelle United States
The Light Between Oceans Derek Cianfrance United States, Australia, New Zealand
Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford United States
On the Milky Road Lungo la Via Lattea Emir Kusturica Mexico, Serbia, United Kingdom, United States
Paradise Ray ( Рай ) Andrei Konchalovsky Germany, Russia
Piuma Roan Johnson Italy
These Days * Questi giorni Giuseppe Piccioni Italy
Spira Mirabilis Massimo D'Anolfi & Martina Parenti Italy
The Untamed * La Region Salvaje Amat Escalante Mexico, Denmark
Voyage of Time Terrence Malick United States
The Woman Who Left * Ang Babaeng Humayo Lav Diaz Philippines
A Woman's Life Une Vie Stéphane Brizé France
Highlighted title indicates Golden Lion winner. - * indicates film eligible for the Queer Lion.

Out of CompetitionEdit

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition[11][9][10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Age of Shadows Mil Jeong Kim Jee-woon South Korea
American Anarchist Charlie Siskel United States
Assault to the Sky Assalto al cielo Francesco Munzi Italy
Austerlitz Sergei Loznitsa Germany
The Bleeder Philippe Falardeau United States, Canada
Gantz: O Yasushi Kawamura Japan
Hacksaw Ridge Mel Gibson United States, Australia
I Called Him Morgan Kasper Collin Sweden, United States
The Journey Nick Hamm United Kingdom
The Magnificent Seven Antoine Fuqua United States
Monte Amir Naderi Italy, United States, France
Never Ever À jamais Benoît Jacquot France, Portugal
One More Time With Feeling Andrew Dominik United Kingdom
Our War La nostra guerra Bruno Chiaravalloti, Claudio Jampaglia, Benedetta Argentieri Italy, United States
Planetarium Rebecca Zlotowski France, Belgium
Safari Ulrich Seidl Austria, Denmark
Tommaso Kim Rossi Stuart Italy
The Young Pope Paolo Sorrentino Italy, France, Spain, UK, USA


The following films were selected for the Horizons (Orizzonti) section:[12]

Feature films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Big Big World Koca Dünya Reha Erdem Turkey
Bitter Money Ku Qian ( 苦钱 ) Wang Bing Hong Kong
Bluebeard Kékszakállú Gastón Solnicki Argentina
Boys in the Trees * Nicholas Verso Australia
Dark Night Tim Sutton United States
Dawson City: Frozen Time Bill Morrison France, United States
The Eremites Die Einsiedler Ronny Trocker Austria, Germany
The Fury of a Patient Man Tarde para la ira Raúl Arévalo Spain
The Greatest Dream Il più grande sogno Michele Vannucci Italy
Gukoroku - Traces of Sin Gukoroku Kei Ishikawa Japan
Heal the Living Réparer les vivants Katell Quillévéré Belgium, France
Home Fien Troch Belgium
King of the Belgians Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth Belgium, Bulgaria, Netherlands
Libera Nos Liberami Federica Di Giacomo Italy, France
Malaria ( مالاریا ) Parviz Shahbazi Iran
São Jorge Marco Martins France, Portugal
Shambles Maudite poutine Karl Lemieux Canada
The Wedding Plan (Through the Wall) Laavor Et Hakir Rama Burshtein Israel
White Sun Seto Surya Deepak Rauniyar Nepal, Netherlands, Qatar, USA
Short films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
500,000 Years 500,000 Pee Chai Siris Thailand
Amalimbo Juan Pablo Libossart Sweden, Estonia
N/A Ce qui nous éloigne Wei Hu France
Colombi Luca Ferri Italy
N/A Dadyaa Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung Nepal, France
First Night Prima Noapte Andrei Tanase Romania, Germany
Good Luck, Orlo! Srecno, Orlo! Sara Kern Slovenia, Croatia, Austria
Good News Giovanni Fumu South Korea, Italy
Midwinter Jake Mahaffy USA, New Zealand
Molly Bloom Chiara Caselli Italy
On the Origin of Fear Bayu Prihantoro Filemon Indonesia
N/A Le reste est l’oeuvre de l’homme Doria Achour France, Tunisia
N/A Ruah Flurin Giger Switzerland
Samedi Cinema Mamadou Dia Senegal
N/A Stanza 52 Maurizio Braucci Italy
N/A La voz perdida Marcelo Martinessi Paraguay, Venezuela, Cuba
Highlighted titles indicate Horizons Prize for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film winners respectively.
* indicates film eligible for the Queer Lion.

Venice ClassicsEdit

The following films were selected to be screened in the Venice Classics section:[13]

Restored classic films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
1848 (1948, short documentary) Dino Risi Italy
An American Werewolf In London (1981) John Landis United Kingdom
L'Argent (aka Money) (1983) L'argent Robert Bresson France, Switzerland
The Battle of Algiers (1966) La battaglia di Algeri Gillo Pontecorvo Italy, Algeria
The Brat (1931) John Ford United States
Break Up (The Man with the Balloons) (1965) L'uomo dei cinque palloni Marco Ferreri Italy, France
The City Stands Trial (1952) Processo alla città Luigi Zampa Italy
Dark Eyes (1987) Oci ciornie Nikita Mikhalkov Italy, Soviet Union
Dawn of the Dead (1978) George A. Romero United States, Italy
Everybody Go Home (1960) Tutti a casa Luigi Comencini Italy, France
The Great Sacrifice (1943) Opfergang Veit Harlan Germany
Legend of the Mountain (1979) Shanzhong chuanqi King Hu Hong Kong
Manhattan (1979) Woody Allen United States
The Nights of Zayandeh-Rood (1990) - Opening film Shabhaye Zayendeh-Rood Mohsen Makhmalbaf Iran
The Ondekoza (1981, music documentary) Tai Kato Japan
Pretty Poison (1968) Noel Black United States
Scent of a Woman (1974) Profumo di donna Dino Risi Italy
Seven Samurai (1954) Shichinin no Samurai Akira Kurosawa Japan
Stalker ( Сталкер ) (1979) Andrei Tarkovsky Soviet Union
The Thief of Paris (1967) Le Voleur Louis Malle France, Italy
Twentieth Century (1934) Howard Hawks United States
Documentaries on cinema
Title Director(s) Production country
Acqua e zucchero. Carlo Di Palma, i colori della vita Fariborz Kamkari Italy
Along for the Ride Nick Ebeling United States
Bozzetto non troppo Marco Bonfanti Italy
Cinema Futures Michael Palm Austria
David Lynch: The Art Life Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes USA, Denmark
E venne l’uomo – Un dialogo con Ermanno Olmi (short) Alessandro Bignami Italy
Events in a Cloud Chamber (short) Ashim Ahluwalia India
The Graduation (Le Concours) Claire Simon France
Perché sono un genio! Lorenza Mazzetti Stefano Della Casa, Francesco Frisari Italy
Viaggio nel cinema in 3D. Una storia Vintage Jesus Garcès Lambert Italy
Highlighted titles indicate the Best Restored Film and Best Documentary on Cinema official awards respectively.

Biennale College - CinemaEdit

The following films were selected for the Biennale College - Cinema section.[14]

English Title Original Title Director(s) Production Country
Ears Orecchie Alessandro Aronadio Italy
Hotel Salvation Mukti Bhawan Shubhashish Bhutiani India
La Soledad La Soledad Jorge Thielen Armand Venezuela
One Sister Una Hermana Sofia Brockenshire, Verena Kuri Argentina

Final Cut in VeniceEdit

The following films were screened for the "Final Cut in Venice" section, a workshop to support the post-production of films from Africa:[15]

Title Director(s) Production country
Félicité Alain Gomis France, Senegal, Belgium
Ghost Hunting Raed Andoni Palestine, France, Switzerland
Obscure (Documentary) Soudade Kaadan Syria, Lebanon
One of These Days Nadim Tabet Lebanon
Poisonous Roses Fawzi Saleh Egypt, France, Qatar
The Wound John Trengove South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France

Il Cinema nel GiardinoEdit

The following feature films were selected for the Il Cinema nel Giardino section:[16]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Franca: Chaos and Creation (documentary) Francesco Carrozzini Italy, United States
In Dubious Battle James Franco United States
Inseparables Marcos Carnevale Argentina
My Art Laurie Simmons United States
The Net Geumul Kim Ki-Duk South Korea
Robinù (crime documentary)[17] Michele Santoro Italy
The Secret Life of Pets (3D animation) Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney United States
Summertime L'estate addosso Gabriele Muccino Italy

Special screeningsEdit

The following film was presented as a Special Screening of the Official Selection:[18]

  • Spes contra Spem: Liberi Dentro (prison documentary) by Ambrogio Crespi

Autonomous sectionsEdit

International Critics WeekEdit

The following films were selected for the International Critics Week section:[19][20]

In competition
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Days of France * Jours de France Jérôme Reybaud France
Drum Tabl Keywan Karimi France, Iran
The Last of Us Akher Wahed Fina Ala Eddine Slim Lebanon, Qatar, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates
The Last Things * Le Ultime Cose Irene Dionisio France, Italy, Switzerland
The Nobodies Los Nadie Juan Sebastián Mesa Colombia
Prank Vincent Biron Canada
Singing in the Graveyards Singing sa mga Dakong Libingan Bradley Liew Malaysia, Philippines
Special Events - Out of competition
Line-up Title Director(s) Production country
Opening film Prevenge Alice Lowe United Kingdom
Closing film Are We Not Cats Xander Robin United States
* indicates film eligible for the Queer Lion.

Venice DaysEdit

The following films were selected for the 13th edition of the Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori) section:[21][22]

Official selection
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Guilty Men Pariente Ivan D. Gaona Colombia
Heartstone * Hjartasteinn Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson Iceland
Hounds of Love Hounds of Love Ben Young Australia
Indivisible * Indivisibili Edoardo De Angelis Italy
Ordinary People Pamilya Ordinaryo Eduardo Roy, Jr. Philippines
Polina Polina, danser sa vie Angelin Preljocaj, Valérie Müller France
Quit Staring at My Plate Ne gledaj mi u pijat Hana Jušić Croatia, Denmark
The Road to Mandalay Midi Z Taiwan, Myanmar, France, Germany
Sami Blood Sameblod Amanda Kernell Sweden
The War Show Andreas Dalsgaard and Obadiah Zytoon Syria
The War Within (documentary) Ombre dal fondo Paola Piacenza Italy
Worldly Girl La ragazza del mondo Marco Danieli Italy
Special Events
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Always Shine Sophia Takal United States
Coffee Caffè Cristiano Bortone Belgium, China, Italy
N/A Il profumo del tempo delle favole (documentary) Mauro Caputo Italy
Rocco (documentary) Thierry Demaiziere & Alban Teurlai France
N/A L'uomo che non cambiò la storia (documentary) Enrico Caria Italy
Vangelo (documentary) Pippo Delbono Italy, Belgium, Switzerland
You Never Had It. An Evening with Bukowski (documentary) Matteo Borgardt USA, Italy, Mexico
Miu Miu Women's Tales
Title Director(s) Production country
Seed Naomi Kawase Japan
That One Day Crystal Moselle United States
Lux Award
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Toni Erdmann Maren Ade Germany, Austria, Monaco, Romania, France
My Life as a Courgette Ma vie de Courgette Claude Barras Switzerland, France
As I Open My Eyes À peine j'ouvre les yeux Leyla Bouzid Tunisia, France, Belgium, UAE, Switzerland
Highlighted title indicates the official Venice Days Award winner.
* indicates film eligible for the Queer Lion.


Official selectionEdit

The following official awards were presented at the 73rd edition:[23][24]

In Competition (Venezia 73)

Horizons (Orizzonti)

Venice Classics Awards

Special Awards

Autonomous sectionsEdit

The following official and collateral awards were conferred to films of the autonomous sections:[25]

Venice International Critics' Week

  • Lion of the Future
Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film: The Last of Us (Akher wahed fina) by Ala Eddine Slim
  • Audience Award - Circolo del Cinema di Verona: The Nobodies (Los nadie) by Juan Sebastián Mesa
  • SIAE Award: Paolo Sorrentino
  • Mario Serandrei - Hotel Saturnia Award: The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim

Venice Days[26]

  • Venice Days Award: The War Show by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon
  • BNL Award: Pamilya ordinaryo by Eduardo Roy Jr.
  • Brian Award: Worldly Girl (La ragazza del mondo) by Marco Danieli
  • Fedeora Awards:
  • FEDIC Award: Indivisible (Indivisibili) by Edoardo De Angelis
  • Gianni Astrei Award: Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis
  • Label Europa Cinema Award: Sami Blood (Sameblod) by Amanda Kernell
  • Lizzani Award: Worldly Girl by Marco Danieli
  • Lina Mangiacapre Award: Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis
  • MigrArti Award: No Borders by Haider Rashid
  • Open Award: Open Prize: Vangelo by Pippo Delbono
  • Francesco Pasinetti – SNGCI Award:
Special mention: Angela and Marianna Fontana for their roles in Indivisibili
  • Queer Lion Award: Heartstone (Hjartasteinn) by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

Other collateral awardsEdit

The following collateral awards were conferred to films of the official selection:[25]

  • Arca CinemaGiovani Award:
    • Best Film (Main competition): Arrival by Denis Villeneuve
    • Best Italian Film (Biennale College - Cinema): Ears (Orecchie) by Alessandro Aronadio
  • Civitas Vitae Award: Piuma by Roan Johnson
  • FEDIC Award - Special mentions:
The Greatest Dream (Il più grande sogno) by Michele Vannucci (Horizons)
Ears (Orecchie) by Alessandro Aronadio (Biennale College - Cinema)
Special mention: Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey by Terrence Malick
Special mention: Robinù by Michele Santoro (Il Cinema nel Giardino)
Cinema for UNICEF mention: Paradise (Ray) by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Golden Mouse: Jackie by Pablo Larraín
  • Silver Mouse: Austerlitz by Sergei Loznitsa (Out of competition)
  • NuovoImaie Talent Award:
    • Best Young Actor: Daniele Parisi for his role in Ears (Biennale College - Cinema)
    • Best Young Actress: Camilla Diana for Tommaso by Kim Rossi Stuart (Out of competition)
  • Francesco Pasinetti Special Prize: the cast of Piuma by Roan Johnson
  • Sfera 1932 Award: Spira Mirabilis by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti
  • SIGNIS Award: Piuma by Roan Johnson
Special mention: On the Milky Road by Emir Kusturica
  • C. Smithers Foundation – CICT-UNESCO Award: The Bleeder by Philippe Falardeau (Out of Competition)
  • Soundtrack Stars Award: Jovanotti for Summertime (L'estate addosso) by Gabriele Muccino (Il Cinema nel Giardino)
  • Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award - Best Italian Film (ex aequo):
  • Sorriso Diverso Venezia Award - Best Foreign Film: The Woman Who Left by Lav Diaz
  • Padre Nazareno Taddei Award: Paradise by Andrei Konchalovsky

Other Awards


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