Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion for the abortion drama

Status: 09/11/2021 9:28 p.m.

The Golden Lion of the Venice Film Festival goes to the drama “L’événement” by director Audrey Diwan. The film tells of a young woman who wanted to have an abortion in France in the 1960s. But that’s illegal.

By Elisabeth Pongratz, ARD-Studio Rome

It is the story of the struggle for the right to abortion. Set in France in 1963, Anne is an intelligent student who obviously has a bright future ahead of her. But then she becomes pregnant. Her exams are getting closer, her stomach is growing. Anne fears that if she has an illegitimate child, she could lose everything. But abortion was banned in France in the 1960s.

According to the jury chaired by South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, the drama “L’événement” by French director Audrey Diwan deserved the Golden Lion.

Grand Prize for Paolo Sorrentino

The Italian film “È stata la mano di Dio” (“The hand of God”) won the jury’s grand prize. In it Paolo Sorrentino processes his own youth in Naples in the 1980s. The New Zealand director Jane Campion received the Silver Lion for best director for “The Power of the Dog”, a drama about two brothers.

Pénélope Cruz was honored as best actress for one of the two leading roles in “Madres paralelas” – a drama about two mothers who accidentally become pregnant. The jury considered John Arcilla the best actor in “On the Job Missing” – a thriller about a journalist.

It was the second Venice Film Festival that took place under Corona conditions. This year, however, there were significantly more films, more stars and more viewers.

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