A few days ago, the 78th Venice International Film Festival came to an end. The event was only the second Festival, after the 2020 edition, to come to terms with Covid and the relative strict restrictions and safety measures.
But this year, cinema came back in person. The red carpet hosted an infinity of stars from all over the world. And of course, those representing our beloved Italy included Caffè Aiello, the Coffee of Italian Cinema since 2008.
With Caffè Aiello in the Italian Pavilion
The Italian Pavilion is the “Italian home” set up by Istituto Luce Cinecittà in the wonderful location provided by the Hotel Excelsior in Venice. Over the last few weeks, the pavilion has hosted and awarded prizes to many representatives of our nation’s cinema, music and theatre worlds.
The many famous guests in attendance included: Carlo Verdone, Gabriele Muccino, Donatella Finocchiaro, Darko Perić, fresh from the success of the fifth season of Money Heist, Nina Zilli, Pif and Ornella Vanoni.
Caffè Aiello was present at all the showings and events held in the pavilion to lighten every break in the busy show bill with the taste of real Italian espresso.
The main awards of the Venice Film Festival 2021
The final evening, on 11 September, was a splendid, exciting affair, to say the least. Italian cinema proudly triumphed in several categories: “È stata la mano di Dio” by Paolo Sorrentino won the Silver Lion – Grand Jury Prize, while the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress went to Filippo Scotti, who played the director as a young teenager in the same film.
Special Jury Prize
This Italian success was also enhanced by the Special Jury Prize awarded to the film “Il buco” by Michelangelo Frammartino who, during the award ceremony, commented:
“I would like to thank all the Italian speleology that takes care of the darkness and of everything that does not yet have a shape. I also wish to thank Calabria, Italy’s most beautiful region.”
The Golden Lion and the other main awards
This year, the most important award, the Golden Lion for Best Film, roared in celebration of “Girl Power”, rewarding director Audrey Diwan for “L’Événement”. The main awards also included:
- Silver Lion for Best Director – Jane Campion for “The Power of the Dog”.
- Best Screenplay – Maggie Gyllenhaal for “The Lost Daughter”.
- Coppa Volpi for Best Actor – John Arcilla for “On the Job: The Missing 8”.
- Coppa Volpi for Best Actress – Penelope Cruz for “Madres Paralelas”.
Of the many awards presented, a particularly bright spotlight shone on two great actors who picked up the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement: Roberto Benigni and Jamie Lee Curtis.
So, once again, this year’s edition ended with a flood of accolades for our film industry. And, as always, Caffè Aiello was more than proud to play an important supporting role to the films, actors, directors, scriptwriters and all the others who work tirelessly to make Italian cinema such a great success.