Venice: ‘Tom At The Farm’, ‘Philomena’, ‘La Belle Vie’ Among Early Prize-Winners

Ahead of the main prize ceremony tomorrow night, awards are starting to trickle out here at the Venice Film Festival. The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has given its Best Film honor to Canadian multi-hyphenate Xavier Dolan’s well-received psychological thriller Tom At The Farm. The jury praised Dolan’s “energetic, tense and sensual filmmaking.” The story of a grief-stricken young man who encounters a web of deceit at a country funeral is in Competition. FIPRESCI also named The Reunion the best film across the Horizons and Critics’ Week sections. Anna Odell directed the movie which the jury said “blurs the boundaries between fiction and documentary and speaks about marginalization, bullying, and the complicated nature of group dynamics.” (Separately, FIPRESCI announced today that its annual Grand Prize will go to Cannes Palme d’Or winner Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2 – aka Blue Is The Warmest Color). Meanwhile, Stephen Frears’ crowd-pleasing competition film Philomena won the Venice Queer Lion for bringing “relevance to issues such as homosexuality, AIDS and homophobia.” And, Jean Denizot’s family drama La Belle Vie was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film in the Venice Days section. (more…)

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