Golden Lion Awards

The Golden Lion (Italian: Leone d'Oro) is the highest prize given to a film at the Venice Film Festival. The prize was introduced in 1949 by the organizing committee and is now regarded as one of the film industry's most prestigious and distinguished prizes. In 1970, a second Golden Lion was introduced; this is an honorary award for people who have made an important contribution to cinema. The following films received the Golden Lions:


8.8/10

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2019

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Joker

During the 1980s, a failed stand-up comedian is driven insane and turns to a life of crime and chaos in Gotham City while becoming an infamous psychopathic crime figure.

based on comic

crime

drama

7.8/10

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2018

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Roma

A year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.

autobiographical

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

7.4/10

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2017

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The Woman Who Left

After spending the last 30 years in prison, Horacia is immediately released when someone else confessed to the crime. Still overwhelmed by her new freedom, she comes to the painful realization that her aristocratic former lover had set her up. As kidnappings targeting the wealthy begin to proliferat ...

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

7.4/10

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2013

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Still Life

Still Life is a poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and the afterlife. Meticulous and organized to the point of obsession, John May (Eddie Marsan) is a council worker charged with finding the next of kin of those who have died alone. When his department is downsized, John must up his efforts on hi ...

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

7.3/10

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2017

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The Shape of Water

An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962, where a mute janitor working at a lab falls in love with an amphibious man being held captive there and devises a plan to help him escape.

artistic

family

fantasy

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

love story

political

7.2/10

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2013

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Pieta

A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother.

drama

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

golden palm

life & death

social commentary

tragedy

7/10

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2014

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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

Sam and Jonathan, a pair of hapless novelty salesman, embark on a tour of the human condition in reality and fantasy that unfold in a series of absurdist episodes.

absurd

art house

artistic

depression

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

golden palm

6.9/10

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2009

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Lebanon

June, 1982 - The First Lebanon War. A lone tank and a infantry platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town - a simple mission that turns into a nightmare. The four members of a tank crew find themselves in a violent situation that they cannot handle. Motivated by fear and the basic instinct of s ...

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

golden palm

war

world politics

6.6/10

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2015

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From Afar

Armando, a middle-aged owner of a Caracas dental prosthesis business, is estranged from his father, who he observes occasionally from a distance. He finds a young man of the streets who negotiates a fee high enough for the boy to be used to provide Armando's masturbatory object. Although a following ...

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

6.6/10

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2011

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Faust

A despairing scholar sells his soul to Satan in exchange for one night with a beautiful young woman.

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

6.3/10

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2013

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Sacro GRA

After the India of Varanasi's boatmen, the American desert of the dropouts, and the Mexico of the narco-assassin, Gianfranco Rosi've Decided to tell the tale of a part of his own country, roaming and filming for over two years in a minivan on Rome's giant ring road, the GRA, or GRA-to discover the i ...

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

6.3/10

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2010

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Somewhere

Hollywood actor Johnny Marco, nested in his luxury hotel of choice, is a stimulated man. Drinking, parties and women keep a creeping boredom under wraps in between jobs. He is the occasional father of a bright girl, Cleo, who may be spoiled but doesn't act it. When Cleo's mother drops her off and le ...

depression

Golden Lion winner (Venice Film Festival)

independent film

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