The Venice Film Festival closed its 75th year Sept. 8, and already the industry is abuzz with predictions of awards to come. The stalwart film festival, this year hosted by Italian actor Michele Riondino, has welcomed the biggest and brightest of the film business to Lido ever since 1932. Guillermo del Toro, who won the Golden Lion prize last year for his film “The Shape of Water,” a Fox Searchlight production that went on to take home four Academy Awards, headed the 2018 jury.
The coveted Golden Lion award went to director Alfonso Cuarón for his newest project, “Roma.” Cuarón’s connections to the Venice Film Festival run deep; his last feature film, “Gravity,” opened at the fest in 2013, and he went on to win the Oscar for best director. He has also been nominated for the Golden Lion for his films “Y Tu Mamá También” in 2001 and “Children of Men” in 2006, and has hosted the festival back in 2012.
“Roma,” directed, written, and produced by Cuarón, is a semi-autobiographical film that follows the life of a middle class family in 1970s Mexico City and stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela
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