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The Woman Who LeftLav Diaz, The Woman Who Left, Winner, BrimstoneMartin Koolhoven, Brimstone, Nominee, La La LandDamien Chazelle, La La Land, Nominee, ArrivalDenis Villeneuve, Arrival, Nominee, JackiePablo Larraín, Jackie, Nominee, Questi giorniGiuseppe Piccioni, Questi giorni, Nominee, The Light Between OceansDerek Cianfrance, The Light Between Oceans, Nominee, Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford, Nocturnal Animals, Nominee, The Bad BatchAna Lily Amirpour, The Bad Batch, Nominee, A Woman's LifeStéphane Brizé, A Woman's Life, Nominee, From AfarLorenzo Vigas, From Afar, Winner, Looking for GraceSue Brooks, Looking for Grace, Nominee, FrancofoniaAlexander Sokurov, Francofonia, Nominee, FrenzyEmin Alper, Frenzy, Nominee, Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson, Heart of a Dog, Nominee, AnomalisaCharlie Kaufman - Duke Johnson, Anomalisa, Nominee, RememberAtom Egoyan, Remember, Nominee, The Endless RiverOliver Hermanus, The Endless River, Nominee, EqualsDrake Doremus, Equals, Nominee, For Your LoveGiuseppe M Gaudino, For Your Love, Nominee, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on ExistenceRoy Andersson, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Winner, SivasKaan Müjdeci, Sivas, Nominee, Three HeartsBenoît Jacquot, Three Hearts, Nominee, LeopardiMario Martone, Leopardi, Nominee, Hungry HeartsSaverio Costanzo, Hungry Hearts, Nominee, BirdmanAlejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman, Nominee, The Postman's White NightsAndrei Konchalovsky, The Postman's White Nights, Nominee, The Look of SilenceJoshua Oppenheimer, The Look of Silence, Nominee, TalesRakhshan Bani Etemad, Tales, Nominee, Black SoulsFrancesco Munzi, Black Souls, Nominee, Sacro GRAGianfranco Rosi, Sacro GRA, Winner, The RooftopsMerzak Allouache, The Rooftops, Nominee, A Street in PalermoEmma Dante, A Street in Palermo, Nominee, The Zero TheoremTerry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem, Nominee, ParklandPeter Landesman, Parkland, Nominee, Night MovesKelly Reichardt, Night Moves, Nominee, The Wind RisesHayao Miyazaki, The Wind Rises, Nominee, JealousyPhilippe Garrel, Jealousy, Nominee, The Police Officer's WifePhilip Gröning, The Police Officer's Wife, Nominee, PhilomenaStephen Frears, Philomena, Nominee, PietàKim Ki-duk, Pietà, Winner, It Was the SonDaniele Ciprì, It Was the Son, Nominee, At Any PriceRamin Bahrani, At Any Price, Nominee, Something in the AirOlivier Assayas, Something in the Air, Nominee, To the WonderTerrence Malick, To the Wonder, Nominee, Dormant BeautyMarco Bellocchio, Dormant Beauty, Nominee, The Fifth SeasonJessica Hope Woodworth - Peter Brosens, The Fifth Season, Nominee, Paradise: FaithUlrich Seidl, Paradise: Faith, Nominee, BetrayalKirill Serebrennikov, Betrayal, Nominee, Fill the VoidRama Burshtein, Fill the Void, Nominee

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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 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 prize was introduced in 1949 as the Golden Lion of Saint Mark (the winged lion which had appeared on the flag of the Republic of Venice). Previously, the equivalent prize was the Gran Premio Internazionale di Venezia (Grand International Prize of Venice), awarded in 1947 and 1948. Before that, from 1934 until 1942, the highest awards were the Coppa Mussolini (Mussolini Cups) for Best Italian Film and Best Foreign Film.

No Golden Lions were awarded between 1969 and 1979. According to the Biennale's official website, this hiatus was a result of the 1968 Lion being awarded to the radically experimental Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: Ratlos; the website says that the awards "still had a statute dating back to the fascist era and could not side-step the general political climate. Sixty-eight produced a dramatic fracture with the past".

Golden Lion

14 French films have been awarded the Golden Lion, more than that of any other nation. However, there is considerable geographical diversity in the winners. Five American filmmakers have won the Golden Lion, with awards for John Cassavetes and Robert Altman (both times the awards were shared with other winners who tied), as well as Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain was the first winning US film not to tie), Darren Aronofsky and Sofia Coppola.

Although prior to 1980, only 3 of 21 winners were of non-European origins, since the 1980s, the Golden Lion has been presented to a number of Asian filmmakers, particularly in comparison to the Cannes Film Festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or, which has only been awarded to five Asian filmmakers since 1980. The Golden Lion, by contrast, has been awarded to ten Asians during the same time period, with two of these filmmakers winning it twice. Ang Lee won the Golden Lion twice within three years during the 2000s, once for an American film and once for a Chinese-language film. Zhang Yimou has also won twice. Other Asians to win the Golden Lion since 1980 include Jia Zhangke, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, Trần Anh Hùng, Takeshi Kitano, Kim Ki-duk, Jafar Panahi, Mira Nair, and Lav Diaz. Russian filmmakers have also won the Golden Lion several times, including since the end of the USSR.

Still, to date 33 of the 54 winners were European men (including Soviet/Russian winners). Since 1949 only four women have ever won the Golden Lion for directing: Mira Nair, Sofia Coppola, German Margarethe von Trotta and Belgium's Agnès Varda. In comparison to the other major Western European festivals, the Berlinale's Golden Bear has also been awarded to four women. In the history of Cannes, only one woman filmmaker has been awarded the Palme d'Or.

*denotes first win

Multiple winners

  • André Cayatte (1950; 1960)
  • Louis Malle (1980; 1987)
  • Zhang Yimou (1992; 1999)
  • Ang Lee (2005; 2007)
  • Manoel de Oliveira (1985; 2004)
  • References

    Golden Lion Wikipedia