Venice Film Festival is one of those highly expected events in the agenda of every film lover. Whether it’s just for the sake of following yearly awards, showing off at the next dinner party, or the fact that its legacy is far reaching, following Golden Lion is a matter of pride. And this year’s winner will surely end up on one of your ‘top’ lists.
Roy Andersson’s latest comedy-drama, “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence” won the Golden Lion this year. It’s a pretty straight-forward story about two salesmen travelling, rethinking and wandering through human destinies. In fact, this film is about everything you can think of: from ordinary to weird, from beauty to tragedy and sadness. The Swedish film director made the drama as a follow-up to his “Songs from the Second Floor” made in 2000 and “You, the Living” from 2007. On the other side of the room, the Silver Lion went to the hands of amazing Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky (oh yes yes, you know him believe you me: maybe as a brother of Nikita Mikhalkov, but surely as a long-term collaborator to extraordinary Andrei Tarkovsky). The Volpi Cups strutted down to the relatively unknown Adam Driver for his role in “Hungry Hearts”, and Alba Rohrwacher for the same movie. Award for the best screenplay went to Rakhshan Banietemad and Farid Mostafavi for the film “Ghesseha”. The 71st Venice Film Festival was chaired by the six-times Oscar nominated French film composer Alexandre Desplat.