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The 78th Mostra ended on Saturday September 11, 2021 in Venice with a very feminine and very feminist prize list. It gives pride of place to French cinema. The film L’Événement, by Audrey Diwan, won the most prestigious award: the Golden Lion.

After Cannes, it is Venice which crowns a woman. Audrey Diwan won the Golden Lion for her second feature film: L’Événement.

The Franco-Lebanese novelist adapts a clean tale by Annie Ernaux, chronicling her clandestine abortion in traditional France in the 1960s.

The jury chaired by South Korean Bong Joon-ho unanimously awards this award to a period film, certainly, but still cruelly topical.

Another filmmaker receives the Silver Lion for Best Director: New Zealander Jane Campion, who returns to the cinema with The Dog’s Share, a western and psychological thriller about masculinity.

And it’s another woman who receives the award for best screenplay: actress and producer Maggie Gyllenhaall, celebrated for her adaptation of an Elena Ferrante novel, The Lost Daughter.

Spanish star Penélope Cruz won the Best Actress award for her role in Parallel Mothers, by her favorite director Pedro Almodovar.

And Filipino actor John Arcilla receives the Best Actor Award for his role as a journalist facing “fake news” and corruption in On the Job 2: The Missing 8.

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