Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape Of Water” wins Golden Lion at Venice

By Creative Media Times

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“The Shape of Water”, Guillermo del Toro’s monster thriller took the top prize Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday. The Mexican filmmaker’s new movie is favorite and also one of the best reviewed films during the festival. The romantic fantasy film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer.

Another prestigious award, the Grand Jury Prize, went to “Foxtrot” from Israeli filmmaker Samuel Maoz, while the Best Director went to French filmmaker Xavier Legrand for his family drama “Custody.”

Here’s the full list of winners:

Golden Lion:
“The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro

Grand Jury Prize:
“Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz

Silver Lion for Best Director:
Xavier Legrand, “Custody”

Volpi Cup for Best Actress:
Charlotte Rampling, “Hannah”

Volpi Cup for Best Actor:
Kamel El Basha, “The Insult”

Best Screenplay:
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Martin McDonagh

Special Jury Prize: “Sweet Country,” Warwick Thornton

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Young Performer:
Charlie Plummer, “Lean on Pete”


Best Film:
“Nico, 1988,” Susanna Nicchiarelli

Best Director:
Vahid Jalilvand, “No Date, No Signature”

Special Jury Prize:
“Caniba,” Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Best Actress:
Lyna Khoudri, “Les bienheureux”

Best Actor:
Navid Mohammadzadeh, “No Date, No Signature”

Best Screenplay:
“Oblivion Verses,” Dominique Wellinski and Rene Ballesteros

Best Short Film:
“Gros chagrin,” Céline Devaux


Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut Film:
“Custody,” Xavier Legrand


Best Documentary on Cinema:
“The Prince and the Dybbuk,” Elvira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski

Best Restored Film:
“Come and See”


Best Virtual Reality:
“Arden’s Wake (Expanded),” Eugene Y.K. Chung

Best Virtual Reality Experience:
“La Camera Isabbiata,” Laurie Anderson and Hsin-chien Huang

Best Virtual Reality Story:
“Bloodless,” Gina Kim