|Location Venice, Italy|
Hosted by Kasia Smutniak
|Opening film The Reluctant Fundamentalist|
Awards Golden Lion - Pietà by Kim Ki-duk Silver Lion - Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master)
Festival date 29 August – 8 September 2012
Paul thomas anderson on the master 69th venice international film festival
The 69th annual Venice Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, took place at Venice Lido from 29 August to 8 September 2012. The festival opened with the Indian director Mira Nair's The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Terrence Malick's film To the Wonder was met with both boos and cheers from critics at its premiere.
- Paul thomas anderson on the master 69th venice international film festival
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- In Competition
- International Film Critics Week
- Venice Days
- Venezia 69
- Controversy over Golden Lion
The Golden Lion for Best Film was won by Pietà, directed by South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk. Paul Thomas Anderson for The Master won the Silver Lion for Best Director. Israeli actress Hadas Yaron for her performance in Fill the Void was selected as the Best Actress in the festival.
James franco on spring breakers 69th venice international film festival
The following eighteen films were selected for the main competition:
International Film Critics' Week
The following films were selected for the Critics' Week:
The following films were selected for the Venice Days section:
The international juries of the 69th Venice International Film Festival included:
The following prizes were awarded at the 69th edition:
Controversy over Golden Lion
The jury led by filmmaker Michael Mann originally was to award the top Golden Lion prize to Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, along with the Silver Lion Best Director award and the Best Actor award. However, because of festival's new rule prohibiting pairing the Golden Lion with any other prizes, the jury was asked "to re-deliberate to remove" one of the awards for The Master, and the Golden Lion was awarded to Kim Ki-duk's Pietà instead. On the other hand, the jury was planned to award the Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress prize to Jo Min-su, who acted Jang Mi-sun at the Kim Ki-duk's Pietà. However, because of festival's new rule that prohibits pairing the Golden Lion with othe prizes, the jury couldn't award a prize to Jo Min-su. In the official reception which was held after the festival was over, many juries, such as Samantha Morton and Peter Chan met Jo, saying that "Jo's acting was touching that changed my life. I shed tears of Jo's play."