The 74th Venice Film Festival wrapped on Saturday September 9, with an awards ceremony, during which The Shape of Water, by Guillermo del Toro, was honored with the Golden Lion. But many French films were also amongst the award-winners, including Custody, an incredibly intense family drama. Xavier Legrand's debut feature left the Lido with two prestigious awards.
Xavier Legrand received the Silver Lion for Best Director and the Luigi de Laurentiis - Lion of the Future for a Debut Film. The director, clearly moved, was accompanied by his actors Denis Ménochet and Thomas Gioria.
Another minority French production, Foxtrot, by Samuel Maoz, won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize.
In the Orizzonti section, three French films were awarded: Caniba, Oblivion Verses, and The Blessed, but it was in the short film realm that we must applaud the performance of the latest film by Céline Devaux, You Will Be Fine, which was awarded the prize for the Best Short Film, as well as the nomination for the European Film Awards 2017.