Laura Poitras documentary wins the Golden Lion in Venice

American director Laura Poitras receives the Golden Lion for best film for “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed”

The documentary All the beauty and the bloodshed, by Laura Poitras, about the opioid crisis in the United States, has won the Golden Lion at the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival this Saturday.

It is the second documentary to win the Venice main prize after Sacro Gra, by Gianfranco Rosi, who won it in 2013.

The president of the jury for this edition, Julianne Moore, was very emotional when announcing the award for Poitras’ film, which uses the life of the photographer Nan Goldin to draw a parallel between the deaths currently caused by opioids and those caused by AIDS in the 1980s.

The Silver Lion-Grand Jury Prize went to Saint Omer, by France’s Alice Diop, which recounts a terrible real event, an infaticide committed in 2013 by a Senegalese woman (same origin as the director). A film that also won the award for the best first film at the festival.

The Volpi Cup for Best Actress, as planned, went to Cate Blanchett for her spectacular performance as a conductor in TAR and Best Actor to Colin Farrell for his abandoned friend from The Banshees of Inisherin.

This film also won the award for best screenplay for its director, the British Martin McDonagh, in the first film he shoots in Ireland, where his parents are from.