Venice Film Fest

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Added On September 11, 2017

The 74the Venice Film Festival closed Saturday evening.

"The Shape of Water" by Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro was awarded the Golden Lion as best film.

Let's take a look.

The movie is a fantasy romance about a mute woman who falls for a mysterious, amphibious creature captured in water depths, and subjected to a secret experiment by the U.S. military.

With Sally Hawkins playing the main character, the story is set in the United States in the early 1960s, against the backdrop of the Cold War era.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): GUILLERMO DEL TORO, Mexican filmmaker
"Every vernacular in cinema -- if done with intelligence, love and passion -- is valid, and I think this is beautiful for me… It has been a sort of life mission, it started 25 years ago and I have never changed it."

Del Toro accepted the prize from the hands of American actress Annette Bening, who chaired the international jury.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): ANNETTE BENING, Actress
"We were very different people, but the process was very open and became kind of joyous, because everyone was free to express exactly what they felt, even if it was not what other people had expressed."
 
"The shape of water" was one among 21 features vying this year for the Golden Lion, which is the highest prize conferred in Venice.

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In the first ever competition launched for Virtual Reality works, a specific jury led by director John Landis bestowed the Best VR Award on short animation movie "Arden's Wake" by American Eugene YK Chung.

The prize was the highest recognition for projects running in the competitive VR section.

A Best VR Experience Award was conferred to artists Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang for "La camera insabbiata", a VR installation that allowed viewers to lose themselves in a fully interactive, and immersive animation journey.

Finally, a Best VR Story Award went to "Bloodless" by South Korean filmmaker Gina Kim.

According to organizers, the VR section closed on Sept. 5, registering over 3,000 visitors.