The Venice Days Award goes to The War Show

The War Show

VENICE 2016: The jury, comprising the participants in 28 Times Cinema, has awarded the Danish-Finnish documentary about a group of friends devastated by Syrian repression

The War Show, the searingly topical documentary by Syrian director Obaidah Zytoon and Danish filmmaker Andreas Dalsgaard, about a group of young friends devastated by Syrian repression, is the winner of the 2016 Venice Days Award. The movie, which opened the 13th edition of the Venice Days, was chosen by the jury chaired by Canadian director Bruce LaBruce and comprising the participants in the 28 Times Cinema programme – 28 young viewers hailing from 28 countries from all around Europe, selected by the theatres of the Europa Cinemas circuit and invited to Venice by the European Parliament’s LUX Prize, in partnership with Cineuropa (read the news). 

The award consists of a cash sum of €20,000, which is split 50/50 between the film’s director and international sales agent, which must commit to using the amount to promote the work. The two other finalists, which had been selected from among the 11 films of 15 nationalities presented in competition in this year’s Venice Days, were the Icelandic movie Heartstone by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson and Australia’s Hounds of Love by Ben Young.

Among the parallel prizes handed out to the films in this year’s Venice Days, we should highlight the Europa Cinemas Label for Sámi Blood by Amanda Kernell, the Fedeora Award for Best Film for The Road to Mandalay by Midi Z and the Pasinetti Award for Best Film for Indivisible by Edoardo De Angelis. Meanwhile, the Venice Days audience voted Ordinary People by Filipino director Eduardo Roy Jr as its favourite film.

Here is the full list of the 2016 Venice Days awards:

Venice Days Award The War Show - Obaidah Zytoon, Andreas Dalsgaard

Europa Cinemas Label Sámi Blood - Amanda Kernell

Fedeora Awards (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean)

Best Film The Road to Mandalay - Midi Z

Best Debut Director Amanda Kernell - Sami Blood

Best Actress Ashleigh Cummings - Hounds of Love

Best European Film Quit Staring at My Plate - Hana Jušić

Lizzani Award Worldly Girl - Marco Danieli

Francesco Pasinetti – SNGCI Awards

Best Film Indivisible - Edoardo De Angelis

Best Actor Michele Riondino - Worldly Girl

Best Actress Sara Serraiocco - Worldly Girl

Special Mention Angela, Marianna Fontana - Indivisible

Queer Lion Heartstone - Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson

BNL Audience Award Ordinary People - Eduardo Roy Jr

Brian Award Worldly Girl - Marco Danieli

FEDIC Award Indivisible - Edoardo De Angelis

Lina Mangiacapre Award Indivisible - Edoardo De Angelis

Open Award Pippo Delbono - Vangelo

By Vittoria Scarpa-Cineuropa