Venice: ‘The Shape of Water’ wins Golden Lion, Charlotte Rampling best actress

‘The Shape of Water’, the latest film by the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, Saturday at the international Venice film festival the main prize, the Golden Lion for best film, won.

Charlotte Rampling is celebrating a win in the category of Best Actress for her role in the film ‘Hannah’ © REUTERS

The prize was awarded by a jury led by the American actress Annette Bening. The Shape of Water is a kind of fairy tale against the backdrop of the Cold War. The movie is set in the America of 1962 and revolves around the discovery by the main characters of a classified secret experiment. The film was especially praised for its stunning visual language, a trademark of the Mexican filmmaker.

Guillermo Del Toro gained fame and a large following of film lovers with films like Pans Labyrinth, Cronos, The Devil’s Backbone and Hellboy (1 and 2). He is currently working on a film adaptation of Pinocchio.

Director Guillermo Del Toro, with his Golden Lion © REUTERS

‘The Shape of Water’ shall be read as a subtle liefdesfabel and an ode to the difference between people. That is possibly the reason why the jury for the print chose: the league was dominated by ‘heavy’ themes, and a little hopeful paintings of the contemporary world. Del Toro himself sees his film as an “antidote to cynicism’. In his film, a phantasmagoria, results in a love story between a simple, dumb (voiceless) and still wegdromende cleaning lady and a strange, amfibieachtig the creature.

The leading roles are played by the Uk’s Sally Hawkins and American Doug Jones.

The second main prize, the Grand Prize of the Jury, was assigned to Foxtrot of the Israeli director Samuel Maoz, known for Lebanon. The film is about the death of a young soldier and how the survivors deal with it.

A dual award was for the young French director Xavier Legrand. He won with his drama Jusqu’à la Garde, both the Luigi and the Laurentiisprijs for the best debut as the regieprijs.

The best scenario, according to the jury, was the work of Irishman Martin McDonagh. Who wrote and directed the tragi-comedy Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri about a stubborn woman (Frances McDormand) who absolutely want to know who her son has been murdered.

The special prize of the jury, finally, went to the Sweet Country of the Australian Warwick Thornton, a film about the violence of settlers against the original inhabitants, the Aborigines.

Surprising actors

The 71-year-old British actress Charlotte Rampling was awarded the Silver Lion for best actress. Rampling owes that to her role in the drama Hannah from the Italian director Andrea Pallaoro. In that film she plays a lonely woman who has her life need redesigning after her husband in prison. In her long career, the frele Uk already have a host of awards collected.

The Lion for the best actor went to Kamel El Basha. Who plays the leading role in the Lebanese movie ” L Insulte of Ziad Doueiri, about how the life of a Lebanese christian and a Palestinian refugee in Beirut thoroughly messed up is achieved by an insult. Both awards apply as little surprises. In the match previews were the biggest opportunities as referring to Frances McDormand and rising talent Charlie Plummer (Lean on Pete).

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