Matteo Garrone for Io Capitano is the winner of the Silver Lion - award for best director at the 2023 Venice Film Festival.
The film, an Italy - Belgium production, in theaters with 01 from 7 September, is the moving, dramatic and poetic, contemporary Odyssey of two young people who from Dakar in Senegal decide to face the dangers of the sub-Saharan desert, the torture in Libya, the dangerous journey in a boat full of migrants, to arrive in the promised land: Italy.
Seydou and Moussa are the two protagonists, debuting actors.
The Venezia 80 Jury, chaired by Damien Chazelle and comprised of Saleh Bakri, Jane Campion, Mia Hansen-Løve, Gabriele Mainetti, Martin McDonagh, Santiago Mitre, Laura Poitras and Shu Qi, having viewed all 23 films in competition, has decided as follows:
GOLDEN LION - Best Film to:
POOR THINGS by Yorgos Lanthimos (United kingdom)
SILVER LION – Grand Jury Prize to:
Aku Wa Sonzai Shinai (Evil Does Not Exist) by Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
SILVER LION – Award for Best Director to:
MATTEO GARRONE for the film IO CAPITANO (Italy, Belgium)
COPPA VOLPI - Best Actress to:
Cailee Spaeny in the film PRISCILLA by Sofia Coppola (United States, Italy)
COPPA VOLPI - Best Actor to:
Peter Sarsgaard in the film MEMORY by Michel Franco (Mexico, United States)