VENICE: ‘Faust’ wins Golden Lion, Fassbender takes Volpi Cup for Best Actor

Posted by · 10:53 am · September 10th, 2011

Guy is currently in transit from Venice (where, once again, he offered some bang-up coverage throughout — much appreciated). I’ll let him address the bulk of this when he touches down, but for now, a big win out of the festival for “Shame” in Michael Fassbender’s Volpi Cup victory. In accepting the award, Fassbender tipped his hat to actor Gary Oldman (whose “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” was at the fest), remarking, “I’ve followed him since I was 14 years old.”

Festival jury head Darren Aronofsky called this year’s crop of Venice selections “exhilarating and maddening” for the very same reason: it was a quality bunch, and whittling things down for today’s festivities was, naturally, a chore. “We have so many worthy films and so few prizes to give,” he said, before adding, “International cinema is alive and well.” And indeed, Venice’s line-up seems to get more and more impressive each year. As it should for the world’s oldest film festival.

On the Golden Lion winner, Aronfsky noted, “Some films make you laugh, some films make you cry, some films change you forever after you see them.” He then announced that the award would go to the great Aleksandr Sokurov for “Faust.” Guy had a hunch that film would be close but no cigar.

More on all this from Guy when he’s back in pocket. A lot more, I imagine. For now, the full list of Venice winners:

Golden Lion (Best Film)

Silver Lion (Best Director)
Cai Shangjun, “Ren shan ren hai (People Mountain People Sea)”

Coppa Volpi (Best Actor)
Michael Fassbender, “Shame”

Coppa Volpi (Best Actress)
Deanie Yip, “Tao Jie (A Simple Life)”

Special Jury Prize

Osella (Best Screenplay)
“Alps” (Giorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou)

Osella (Best Cinematography)
“Wuthering Heights” (Robbie Ryan)

Marcello Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actor)
Shota Sometani, Fumi Nikaido, “Himizu di Sion Sono”

Best Film, Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Film, Orizzonti and International Critics’ Week: “Two Years”

Special Mention: “A Simple Life”

Premio del pubblico “Kino” – International Critics Week Award

Label Europa Cinemas Award
“Présumé Coupable (Guilty)”

Leoncino d’Oro Agiscuola (Golden Lion Cub) Award
Cinema for UNICEF Commendation: “Terraferma”

Francesco Pasinetti (SNGCI) Award
SNGCI Commendation: “L’ultimo terrestre”

Brian Award
“The Ides of March”

Queer Lion Award (Best Gay Film)
“Wilde Salome”

Arca CinemaGiovani Award
Best Film Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Italian Film: “L’ultimo terrestre”

Biografilm Lancia Award
“Black Block”
Jury Award: “Pivano Blues – Sulla strada di Nanda”

C.I.C.T. UNESCO “Enrico Fulchignoni” Award
“Tahrir 2011”

“O le tulafale (The Orator)”

CinemAvvenire Award
Best Film Venezia 68: “Shame”
Best Film – Il cerchio non è rotondo Award: “O le tulafale (The Orator):

“Io sono Li”
Special Mention: “Pasta nera”

Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award
“L’ultimo terrestre”

Future Film Festival Digital Award
Special Mention: “Kotoko”

Nazareno Taddei Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Lanterna Magica Award (CGS)
“Io sono Li”

Open Award
Marco Müller

La Navicella – Venezia Cinema Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Lina Mangiacapre Award
“Io sono Li”
Special Mention: Fabrizio Cattani – “Maternity Blues”

Gianni Astrei pro life Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”


Mouse d’Oro Award
“Killer Joe”
Mouse d’Argento: “Kotoko”

UK – Italy Creative Industries Award – Best Innovative Budget
“L’arrivo di Wang”

Equal Opportunity Award
“Tao jie (A Simple Life)”

Gillo Pontecorvo Award – Arcobaleno Latino
Gaetano Blandini, Nicola Borrelli, Gian Marco Committeri, Roberto Lo Surdo, Mario La Torre

Christopher D. Smithers Foundation Special Award

Interfilm Award for Promoting Interreligious Dialogue
“Girimunho (Swirl)”

Vittorio Veneto Film Festival Award
Special Mention: “Eva”

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23 responses so far

  • 1 9-10-2011 at 11:00 am

    Michael said...

    LOL – Guy is gonna roll his eyes so much at Faust winning. I can’t wait to here his response to the news. Otherwise, all the other awards seem to be pretty accurate from the reviews that Guy and others provided. Way to go Fassbender!

  • 2 9-10-2011 at 11:09 am

    Andrej said...

    Oh you Venice. Oh you.

    Still, congrats to Fassbender ☺

  • 3 9-10-2011 at 11:23 am

    Mark said...

    Is there a way to watch the presentation of the awards online?

  • 4 9-10-2011 at 11:30 am

    The Other James D. said...


  • 5 9-10-2011 at 11:32 am

    JF said...

    Mark, it was being televised on RAI online. I don’t know if you can get a video from the site, but go check it out.

  • 6 9-10-2011 at 11:33 am

    Jack said...

    That’s a lot of awards.

  • 7 9-10-2011 at 11:34 am

    red_wine said...

    Yeah, just waiting for Guy to address the winners. He sure loved Faust. :D

    But I am sure even Guy will acknowledge that its admirable when festival juries award such inherently esoteric and alienating works. I am thrilled and actually looking forward to it.

    But Fassbender has made a HUGE splash with Shame in 3 festivals to say the least. I hope he wins awards for his troubles, full frontal et all.

  • 8 9-10-2011 at 11:56 am

    Mark said...

    JF: I was not able to find it there, but you got me to start thinking in another language, so I found this site.

    It seems like they will put up the ceremony shortly as they have a video for pretty much everything on the festival.

  • 9 9-10-2011 at 12:39 pm

    Keith said...

    Fantastic news regarding Fassbender’s win. Thrilled for him. Can’t wait to see Shame. I think I’ll watch Jane Eyre tonight in his honor.

  • 10 9-10-2011 at 2:48 pm

    Pope said...


  • 11 9-10-2011 at 3:41 pm

    Andre said...

    I might be the only carioca here, but I would love it if I had everyone’s positive thinking so that “Shame” plays at the Rio International Film Festival next month!!!

    “Tinker….” is my most anticipated of the year, but it already has a booked release date down here… I have never met a fellow brazilian who has even HEARD of “Hunger”, let alone has seen it.. =/

  • 12 9-10-2011 at 4:50 pm

    João Mattos said...

    Andre, tem uns fãs do “Hunger” na nossa cidade e país, sim. Sou um dos maiores. At this point no signal yet of “Shame” at Rio de Janeiro Film Festival. A brief version of the Venice awards cerimony:

  • 13 9-10-2011 at 6:48 pm

    Andre said...

    po Joao! eh carioca tambem?? sigo seus comentarios aqui faz tempo!! eh de onde aqui no rio? me add no facebook, andre vancellote….

    and sorry, other incontention readers… you are educated enough for subtitles though =P

  • 14 9-10-2011 at 6:58 pm

    Andre said...

    also, Kris, Guy, and everyone else, sorry for the mixed languages… I won’t be at all offended if our comments are deleted.

    I know the website’s language is english.

  • 15 9-10-2011 at 7:13 pm

    João Mattos said...

    I don’t have a Facebook account. Fassbender mention of Gary Oldman in his speech was so cool…

  • 16 9-10-2011 at 7:15 pm

    Andre said...

    que pena joao.. mas voce mora no rio?? me da seu email pelo menos!!!

    and I was also hoping Oldman would win the Volpi – which, by the way, I think is the coolest award an actor can win… even more so than the Oscar.

  • 17 9-10-2011 at 7:16 pm

    Andre said...

    still… Michael Fassbender is not a bad choice at all…

  • 18 9-10-2011 at 7:23 pm

    João Mattos said...

    I guess a brutal battle for the Oscars will happened between Oldman and Fassbender.

  • 19 9-10-2011 at 7:25 pm

    Marshall1 said...

    Always love Ann Hui, can’t wait for her new movie:) I haven’t been a fan of Deanie Yip’s singing, but I always admire her acting.

  • 20 9-11-2011 at 3:47 am

    matsunaga said...

    I’m happy for “Faust” despite the not so great review from Guy… It makes me want to check it out soon…

    And Fassbender! Hope this is not the first and the last for “Shame”…

  • 21 9-11-2011 at 4:09 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Well…it is the first :P.

  • 22 9-11-2011 at 7:40 am

    Michael said...

    ^ but it won’t be the last! ;^D