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‘Nomadland’ Wins Golden Lion Award at Venice Film Festival – TheWrap

“Nomadland” has received the Golden Lion Award as the best film of the 2020 Venice International Film Festival, a jury headed by Cate Blanchett announced on Saturday.

The Searchlight drama, a simultaneous premiere by the Venice, Telluride and Toronto festivals, was directed by Chloe Zhao and stars Frances McDormand as a woman who travels through the American West in a van after losing her job and her home. Apart from McDormand and David Strathairn, almost all of the actors in the film are actual “nomads” that Zhao cast on her own travels through the area.

“Nuevo Orden” (“New Order”) by Mexican director Michel Franco won the Silver Lion, the festival’s second-place award, while acting prizes went to Vanessa Kirby for “Pieces of a Woman” and Pierfrancesco Favino for “Padrenostro.”

Kiyoshi Kurosawa was named the festival’s best director for “Wife of a Spy.”

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Ahmad Bahrami’s “The Wasteland” won the award as the best film in the festival’s Orizzonti section, while Ana Rocha de Sousa’s “Listen” won the Orizzonti jury prize and the award as the best first film at the festival.

In the more than 70 years the Venice Film Festival has been in existence, the winner of its top award has only gone on to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture six times — but three of those took place in the last three years, with “The Shape of Water,” “Roma” and “Joker.” Only two films, “The Shape of Water” and Laurence Olivier’s 1948 film version of “Hamlet,” have won the Golden Lion and the Best Picture Oscar.

This year’s Venice Film Festival was scaled down over previous years, with socially-distanced screenings and smaller attendance from outside Europe. Venice was the first major festival to attempt a physical event, after festivals including South by Southwest, Tribeca, Cannes and Karlovy Vary canceled or went completely virtual.

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In addition to Blanchett, the competition jury consisted of actors Matt Dillon and Ludivine Sagnier, writer-directors Veronika Franz, Joanna Hogg and Christian Petzold and writer Nicola Lagioia.

Additional prizes were presented by other juries headed by director Claire Denis, writer-director-musician Claudio Giovannesi and VR storyteller Celine Tricart.

In collateral Venice awards also announced on Saturday, winners included “Pieces of a Woman,” “Notturno,” “The Disciple,” “Nomadland” and “City Hall.”

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Here is the full list of jury winners and collateral winners:


Golden Lion for Best Film: “Nomadland,” Chloe Zhao

Silver Lion (Grand Jury Prize): “Nuevo Orden” (“New Order”), Michel Franco

Silver Lion for Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, “Wife of a Spy”

Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Pierfrancesco Favino, “Padrenostro”

Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”

Award for Best Screenplay: Chaitanya Tamhane, “The Disciple”

Special Jury Prize: “Dear Comrades,” Andrei Konchalovsky

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Rouhallah Zamani, “Sun Children”

Orizzonti Award for Best Film: “The Wasteland,” Ahmad Bahrami

Orizzonti Award for Best Director: Lav Diaz, “Genus Pan”

Special Orizzonti Jury Prize: “Listen,” Ana Rocha de Sousa

Orizzonti Award for Best Actor: Yahya Mahayni, “The Man Who Sold His Skin”

Orizzonti Award for Best Actress: Khansa Batma, “Zanka Contact”

Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay: “Pietro Castellitto, “I Predatori”

Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film: “Entre tu y Milagros,” Mariana Saffon

Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Award for a Debut Film: “Listen,” Ana Rocha de Sousa

Grand Jury Prize for Best VR Immersive Work: “The Hangman at Home: An Immersive Single User Experience,” Michelle & Uri Kranot

Best VR Immersive User Experience: “Finding Pandora X,” Kiira Benzing

Best VR Immersive Story: “Sha Si Da Ming Xing” (“Killing a Superstar”), Fan Fan


ARCA CinemaGiovani Award

Best Film of Venezia 77: “Pieces of a Woman” by Kornél Mundruczó

Best Italian Film in Venice: “Notturno” by Gianfranco Rosi

Brian Award: “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Jasmila Žbanić

Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award: “Listen,” Ana Rocha de Sousa

Edipo Re Award: “The Man Who Sold His Skin” by Kaouther Ben Hania

Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente: “Dashte Khamoush” (“The Wasteland”) by Ahmad Bahrami

Special Mention (treatment of issues related to environment): “Śniegu Juz Nigdy Nie Bedzie” (“Never Gonna Snow Again”) by Małgorzata Szumowska, codirected: Michał Englert ex aequo with “Kitoboy” (“The Whaler Boy”) by Philipp Yuryev

Special Mention (treatment of issues related to work): “Dorogie Tovarischi!” (“Dear Comrades!”) by Andrei Konchalovsky

Fanheart3 Award

Graffetta d’Oro for Best Film: “Saint-Narcisse” by Bruce LaBruce

Nave d’Argento for Best OTP: “The World to Come” by Mona Fastvold

VR Fan Experience: “Baba Yaga” by Eric Darnell, Mathias Chelebourg

VR Special Mention: “The Metamovie Presents: Alien Rescue” by Jason Moore


Best Film: “Miss Marx” by Susanna Nicchiarelli

Special Mention FEDIC: “Assandira” by Salvatore Mereu

Special Mention FEDIC for Best Short Film: “Finis Terrae” by Tommaso Frangini

FIPRESCI Award: “The Disciple” by Chaitanya Tamhane

Best Film from Orizzonti and parallel sections: “Dashte Khamoush (“The Wasteland”) by Ahmad Bahrami

Francesco Pasinetti Award

Best Film: “Le Sorelle Macaluso” by Emma Dante

Best Actor: Alessandro Gassman for the film “Non odiare” by Mauro Mancini

Best Actress: the cast of “Le Sorelle Macaluso”

GdA Director’s Award: “Kitoboy” by Philipp Yuryev

Europa Cinemas Label Award: “Oaza” (“Oasis”) by Ivan Ikić

BNL Gruppo BNP Paribas People’s Choice Award: “200 Meters” by Ameen Nayfeh

HFPA Award

To the filmmakers (directors, producers) from the Orizzonti section awarded for Best Film, Best Director and Special Jury Prize.

Lanterna Magica Award: “Khorshid” (“Sun Children”) by Majid Majidi

Leoncino d’Oro Award: “Nuevo Orden” by Michel Franco

Cinema for UNICEF: “Notturno” by Gianfranco Rosi

Lizzani Award: “Le Sorelle Macaluso” by Emma Dante

Nuovoimaie Talent Award

Best New Young Actor: Luka Zunic

Best New Young Actress: Eleonora de Luca

La Pellicola d’Oro Award

Best Production Manager: Cristian Peritore for the film “Le sorelle Macaluso” by Emma Dante

Best Head of camera and electrical department: Raffaele Alletto for the film “Padrenostro” by Claudio Noce

Best Dressmaker: Paola Seghetti for the film “Miss Marx” by Susanna Nicchiarelli

Queer Lion Award: “The World to Come” by Mona Fastvold

RB Casting Award: Linda Caridi for the film “Lacci” by Daniele Luchetti

Grand Prize Venice International Film Critic’s Week: “Hayaletler” (“Ghosts”) by Azra Deniz Okyay

Verona Film Club Award: “Pohani Dorogy” (“Bad Roads”) by Natalya Vorozhbit

Mario Serandrei: “Topside” by Celine Held and Logan George

Award for Best Short Film SIC@SIC 2020: “J’Ador” by Simone Bozzelli

Award for Best Director SIC@SIC 2020: “Le Mosche” by Edgardo Pistone

Award for Best Technical Contribution SIC@SIC 2020: “Gas Station” by Olga Torrico

SIGNIS Award: “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Jasmila Žbanić

Special Mention: “Nomadland” by Chloé Zhao

“Sorriso diverso” Award

Best Italian Film: “No Odiare” by Mauro Mancini ex aequo with “Notturno” by Gianfranco Rosi

Best Foreign Film: “Listen” by Ana Rocha De Sousa ex aequo with “Selva Tragica” by Yulene Olaizola

Il viaggio turismo Enit: “Padrenostro” by Claudio Noce

Premio Soundtrack Stars Award

Best Soundtrack: “Miss Marx” by Susanna Nicchiarelli; music by Gatto Ciliegia contro il Grande Freddo

Lifetime Achievement Award: Giorgio Moroder

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Premio UNIMED: “Quo Vadis, Aida?” by Jasmila Žbanić

Premio Fair Play al Cinema – Vivere da Sportivi: “Nomadland” by Chloé Zhao

Special Mention: “City Hall” by Frederick Wiseman

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TIFF 2020: “Pieces of a Woman,” “The Water Man,” “I Care A Lot” and more are getting attention from buyers

What the Cannes virtual marketplace proved earlier this year is that even without the in-person meetings, the red carpet galas and all the press hype, there’s still room for a lucrative sales market surrounding these virtual events. While that’s true of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the hybrid physical and virtual fest is operating on a slimmed-down lineup of movies. And with Oscar eligibility requirements pushed back to 2021, there isn’t the same need for all of these movies to make a splash. That said, we are looking forward to quite a bit at this year’s TIFF, and so are buyers.

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Golden State Killer sentenced to life without parole, apologizes to victims – ABC News

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Golden State Killer Suspect Pleads Guilty To More Than A Dozen Murders – NPR

Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo (center) pleaded guilty on Monday in Sacramento, Calif., to 13 murders and other related charges.

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Golden State Killer suspect Joseph James DeAngelo (center) pleaded guilty on Monday in Sacramento, Calif., to 13 murders and other related charges.

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Wearing an orange jumpsuit and a clear face shield to protect against the coronavirus, former police officer Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. pleaded guilty on Monday to 13 counts of first-degree murder. The string of murders in the 1970s and ’80s terrorized California, and the suspect who committed them became known as the Golden State Killer.

DeAngelo, 74, sat in a wheelchair as he rasped out “yes” and “I admit” to the charges, after prosecutors described the grisly circumstances of each crime. Otherwise, he hardly spoke and did not look at the victims’ families.

“Mr. DeAngelo is acknowledging his guilt for the heinous crimes he has committed,” said Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton. “There is really nothing that could give full justice because he has committed horrendous acts and murder up and down the state of California. But at least we can now begin the process — after decades — to bring some closure to families.”

The hearing took place in a makeshift courtroom within a ballroom at Sacramento State University, NPR’s Eric Westervelt reports from the scene. The chairs in the gallery were spaced 10 feet apart for social distancing, attorneys wore face shields, and sheriff’s deputies wore black face masks.

The long-unsolved murders grabbed headlines anew in 2018 when law enforcement officers announced they had identified DeAngelo as the suspect using DNA from a publicly available genealogy website to crack the case.

In Hunt For Golden State Killer, Investigators Uploaded His DNA To Genealogy Site

Investigators used the DNA evidence from one of the murder scenes to create a profile of the killer, which they then uploaded to the genealogy website. That site linked the killer’s profile to a distant relative of DeAngelo. Investigators then confirmed the link by collecting DeAngelo’s DNA from his car door and a discarded tissue, according to The Associated Press.

DeAngelo’s attorneys struck a plea deal with prosecutors that means DeAngelo will avoid the death penalty. California has not executed an inmate since 2006. In March 2019, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order instituting a moratorium on the death penalty in the state. DeAngelo will face consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole.

Easy DNA Identifications With Genealogy Databases Raise Privacy Concerns

The use of genealogy data to find a murder suspect has raised privacy concerns. People who decide to have their DNA analyzed by popular services are potentially giving away data that could point to their relatives and their descendants.

“The police currently [are] using these techniques to find … [murderers] and bad people,” researcher Yaniv Erlich told NPR’s Rob Stein in 2018. “But are we OK with using this technique to identify people in a political demonstration who left their DNA behind? There are many scenarios that you can think about misuse.”

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Here’s why the Golden Gate Bridge sings in San Francisco now – CNN

(CNN)You can hear it, no doubt, while sittin’ on the dock of the bay.

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge is “singing” and its neighbors aren’t quite sure if they love it or hate it.
Residents in the Bay Area said they can hear sounds from the 83-year-old bridge as far as three miles away.
The “musical tones” coming from the bridge are a result of a project “designed to make the bridge more aerodynamic under high wind conditions and is necessary to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the bridge for generations to come,” a Golden Gate Bridge district spokesperson told CNN.
Shirin Kermani and her family have been frequent visitors of the bridge for the past five years under several different weather conditions, but she’s never heard a sound like this before.
“Even when we were walking up toward the bridge from around Battery East and Lincoln Boulevard, we heard something very sad,” Kermani said. “Like a loud didgeridoo or meditation song being played all around us.”
Though others have said the sound is annoying, Kermani said she found them peaceful.
Part of the project includes replacing handrails on the west sidewalk with new, thinner vertical slats so that more air can flow through, according to the Bridge District spokesperson.
“We knew going into the handrail replacement that the Bridge would sing during exceptionally high winds from the west, as we saw yesterday,” he said.
Ray Ryan, who has lived in San Francisco since the 1990s, told CNN he first noticed the “haunting yet kind of beautiful” noise Friday afternoon while his friends had heard it last weekend.
Ryan said his family argued over what the tones are comparable to and have boiled it down to a sound similar to a train or an organ.
He tweeted the City and County of San Francisco looking for an answer for the sounds and was met with an apology.
“Sorry this is happening,” San Francisco 311 replied.
For the neighbors who aren’t so thrilled with the sounds, the Bridge District spokesperson said the new design is necessary to keep the bridge safe.

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