The 70th Venice International Film Festival: A Synopsis

Venice Film Festival '13: List of winners  

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70th Venice International Film Festival, Poster, 2013 Venice Film festival

The 70th annual Venice International Film Festival—the last of the three most prestigious international film festivals that are held every year; the other two being Berlin International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival—was hosted in Venice, Italy from the 28 August to 7 September 2013.
The festival jury was presided over by veteran Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci. Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity was the opening film of the festival. The festival’s top honor, the Golden Lion, was awarded to the Italian documentary film Sacro GRAthe first documentary film ever to win the prestigious awarddirected by Gianfranco Rosi. The opening and closing nights of the festival were hosted by Italian actress, Eva Riccobono.  

American filmmaker William Friedkin—renowned director of blockbuster hits like The French Connection and The Exorcistwas presented with a lifetime achievement award.

Festival Jury

Bernardo Bertolucci: Italian director (President of Jury)
Andrea Arnold: English director
Renato Berta: Swiss-France director of photography
Carrie Fisher: American actress, screenwriter and novelist
Martina Gedeck: German actress
Pablo Larraín: Chilean director
Virginie Ledoyen: French actress
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Japanese composer
Jiang Wen: Chinese actor and director

List of Winners

1). Golden Lion: 

Winner: Sacro GRA

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Country: Italy

2). Grand Jury Prize:

Winner: Stray Dogs

Director: Tsai Ming-liang

Country: Taiwan, France

3). Silver Lion:

Winner: Alexandros Avrana

Country: Greece   

4). Special Jury Prize:

Director: Philip Gröning

Country: Germany

5). Best Screenplay

Winner: Philomena

Director: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Country: United Kingdom

6). Marcello Mastroianni Award

Winner: Joe

Director: Tye Sheridan

Country: United States

7). Volpi Cup:

   Best Actor:

   Winner: Themis Panou

   Film: Miss Violence

   Director: Alexandros Avrana

   Country: Greece

   Best Actress:

   Winner: Elena Cotta

   Director: Emma Dante

   Country: Italy, Switzerland, France

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