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VENICE 2021 Awards

The 78th Venice Film Festival announces the winners of its parallel awards

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- VENICE 2021: The laureates have been decided on independently by associations of film critics, clubs and cultural associations, as well as cinema professionals

The 78th Venice Film Festival announces the winners of its parallel awards
Happening by Audrey Diwan

The 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival (1-11 September) has announced the recipients of this year’s parallel awards. Traditionally, the winners are decided on independently by associations of film critics, clubs and cultural associations, as well as cinema professionals. Among this year’s victors were Audrey Diwan’s Happening [+see also:
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(FIPRESCI Award for Best Film in the Main Competition), Arsalan Amiri’s Zalava (FIPRESCI Award for Best Film from Orizzonti and the Parallel Sections) and Gabriele Mainetti’s Freaks Out [+see also:
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, the recipient of four accolades (Special Pasinetti Award, Lizzani Award, Leoncino d’Oro and Fanheart3’s Golden Clip for Best Movie). In addition, four further prizes were awarded to Paolo Sorrentino’s The Hand of God [+see also:
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(Francesco Pasinetti Awards for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Actress, and UNIMED Award).

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Here is a list of the main parallel award winners:

FIPRESCI Award – Competition
Happening [+see also:
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– Audrey Diwan (France)

FIPRESCI Award – Best Film from Orizzonti and the Parallel Sections
Zalava – Arsalan Amiri (Iran)

Francesco Pasinetti Award – National Union of Italian Film Journalists

Best Film
The Hand of God [+see also:
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– Paolo Sorrentino (Italy)

Best Actor
Toni Servillo – The Hand of God, The Inner Cage [+see also:
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(Italy/Switzerland) and The King of Laughter [+see also:
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(Italy/Spain)

Best Actress
Teresa Saponangelo – The Hand of God

Special Award
Freaks Out [+see also:
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– Gabriele Mainetti (Italy/Belgium)

UNIMED Award
The Hand of God – Paolo Sorrentino

Leoncino d’Oro Award - Agiscuola, UNICEF
Freaks Out – Gabriele Mainetti

Lizzani Award - ANAC (Associazione Nazionale Autori Cinematografici)
Freaks Out – Gabriele Mainetti

Queer Lion Award
The Last Chapter [+see also:
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interview: Gianluca Matarrese
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– Gianluca Matarrese (Italy/France)

Fanheart3 Awards

Golden Clip for Best Movie
Freaks Out – Gabriele Mainetti

Silver Ship for Best OTP
Mona Lisa/Fuzz – Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon (USA)

VR Fan Experience
Knot: A Trilogy Glen Neath and David Rosenberg (UK)

Honourable Mention
Old Henry Potsy Ponciroli (USA)

Valentina Pedicini “Autrici under 40” Special Prize

Best Directing
Detours [+see also:
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– Ekaterina Selenkina (Russia/Netherlands)
Vera Dreams of the Sea [+see also:
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– Kaltrina Krasniqi (Kosovo/Albania/North Macedonia)

Best Screenplay
Monica Stan – Immaculate [+see also:
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(Romania)

Soundtrack Stars Award
Ornella Vanoni - Senza fine [+see also:
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(Italy)

Edipo Re Inclusivity Award
The Stranger [+see also:
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interview: Ameer Fakher Eldin
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]
- Amer Fakher Eldin (Syria/Germany/Palestine/Qatar)
Vera Dreams of the Sea – Kaltrina Krasniqi

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