2023 Venice Film Festival Award Winners — Updating Live
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2023 Venice Film Festival Award Winners — Updating Live

2023 Venice Film Festival Award Winners — Updating Live

The 2023 Venice Film Festival persevered despite a dimmed Hollywood presence, with much of the onscreen talent sitting this year’s Lido event out due to the strikes. There in Italy, however, were directors like Michael Mann, David Fincher, Yorgos Lanthimos, Ava DuVernay, Wes Anderson, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Richard Linklater, Sofia Coppola, and even Woody Allen to present their latest films and do the talking on behalf of their sidelined actors.

Saturday at the Sala Grande, the jury headed up by president Damien Chazelle will reveal the winners of the 2023 competition awards. Jurors including Martin McDonagh, Jane Campion, and Mia Hansen-Løve saw 23 movies over the last week and a half, including Lanthimos’ raved-about “Poor Things,” Coppola’s well-liked “Priscilla,” Bertrand Bonello’s daring “The Beast,” Fincher’s assassin thriller “The Killer,” Bradley Cooper’s Oscar hopeful “Maestro,” Mann’s gripping “Ferrari,” and more.

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Word on the Lido was highest for “Poor Things,” an irresistibly funny, gorgeously crafted, and very graphic sexcapade starring Emma Stone as a dead woman reborn and reveling in the tabula rasa of living life anew and deliciously. It bursts with orgiastic set pieces and Ken Russell levels of depraved sex acts, and will most certainly win something today. (Stone seems like a lock for Best Actress consideration here and at the Oscars.) “Ferrari,” the first film to screen in the main competition after opener “Comandante,” also revved up strong reviews for Adam Driver’s portrayal of the philandering title automaker and Penélope Cruz as his jilted wife. Other acclaimed entries include Pablo Larraín’s Pinochet-as-a-vampire drama “El Conde,” Belgian filmmaker Fien Troch’s supernatural “Carrie” homage “Holly,” Hamaguchi’s made-in-secret eco-poem “Evil Does Not Exist, and Nikolaj Arcel’s “The Promised Land,” starring Mads Mikkelsen.

Competition jurors also include last year’s Golden Lion winner Laura Poitras, actress Shu Qi, actor Saleh Bakri, and filmmakers Gabriele Mainetti and Santiago Mitre.

IndieWire is tracking the winners below, with live updates to follow as the ceremony unfolds. Today’s prize winners will also include honorees from other sections of the festival, including the Orizzonti, Biennale College, and VR programs.

You can watch the awards via the Biennale’s YouTube livestream below as well.

2023 Venice Film Festival Winners

Venice Classics — Best Documentary: “Thank You Very Much” (Alex Braverman)

Venice Classics — Best Restored Film: “Moving” (Shinji Somai)

Venice Immersive Grand Prize: “Songs for a Passerby” (Celine Daemen)

Venice Immersive Achievement Prize: “Empereur” (Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen)

Venice Immersive Special Jury Prize: “Flow” (Adriaan Lokman)


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