Venice Film Festival

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1939-08-08 7th Venice Film Festival opens with a United States boycott due to Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italian regime

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • 1947-08-23 8th Venice Film Festival opens (first since the start of World War II)
  • 1948-08-19 9th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1949-08-11 10th Venice Film Festival: "Manon" directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot wins the Golden Lion (1st one)
  • 1950-08-20 11th Venice Film Festival: "Justice est faite" directed by Andre Cayatte wins the Golden Lion

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1951-08-20 12th Venice Film Festival: "Rashomon" directed by Akira Kurosawa wins the Golden Lion

Film director, screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film director, screenwriter
Akira Kurosawa

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1952-08-20 13th Venice Film Festival: "Genghis Khan" directed by Manuel Conde wins the Golden Lion

Great Khan of the Mongol Empire Genghis Khan
Great Khan of the Mongol Empire
Genghis Khan
  • 1953-08-20 14th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • 1954-08-22 15th Venice Film Festival: "Romeo and Juliet" directed by Renato Castellani wins Golden Lion

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1954-09-06 "La Strada" directed by Federico Fellini premieres at the Venice Film Festival starring Anthony Quinn

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini
  • 1955-08-25 16th Venice Film Festival: "Ordet" directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer wins Golden Lion
  • 1956-08-28 17th Venice Film Festival opens. No Golden Lion awarded
  • 1957-09-25 18th Venice Film Festival: "Aparajito" directed by Satyajit Ray wins Golden Lion
  • 1958-08-24 19th Venice Film Festival: "Rickshaw Man" directed by Hiroshi Inagaki wins Golden Lion
  • 1959-08-23 20th Venice Film Festival: "The Great War" directed by Mario Monicelli and "General della Rovere" directed by Roberto Rossellini jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • 1960-08-24 21st Venice Film Festival: "Tomorrow Is My Turn" directed by Andre Cayatte wins Golden Lion
  • 1961-08-20 22nd Venice Film Festival: "Last Year at Marienbad" directed by Alain Resnais wins Golden Lion
  • 1962-08-25 23rd Venice Film Festival: "Family Diary" directed by Valerio Zurlini and "Ivan's Childhood" directed by Andrei Tarkovsky jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • 1963-08-24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • 1963-09-29 "Tom Jones", based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson and starring Albert Finney and Susannah York premieres at the Venice Film festival (Best Picture 1964)
  • 1964-08-27 25th Venice Film Festival: "Red Desert" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni wins Golden Lion
  • 1965-08-24 26th Venice Film Festival: "Sandra" directed by Luchino Visconti wins Golden Lion
  • 1966-08-28 27th Venice Film Festival: "The Battle of Algiers" directed by Gillo Pontecorvo wins Golden Lion
  • 1967-08-26 28th Venice Film Festival: "Belle de Jour" directed by Luis Bunuel wins Golden Lion
  • 1968-08-25 29th Venice Film Festival: "Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed" directed by Alexander Kluge wins Golden Lion
  • 1969-08-23 30th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1970-08-19 31st Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1971-08-25 32nd Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1972-08-21 33rd Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1979-08-24 36th Venice Film Festival opens
  • 1980-08-28 37th Venice Film Festival: "Atlantic City" directed by Louis Malle and "Gloria" directed by John Cassavetes jointly awarded Golden Lion (first since 1968)
  • 1981-09-02 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • 1982-08-28 39th Venice Film Festival: "The State of Things" directed by Wim Wenders wins Golden Lion
  • 1983-08-31 40th Venice Film Festival: "First Name: Carmen" directed by Jean-Luc Godard wins Golden Lion
  • 1985-08-26 42nd Venice Film Festival: "Sans toit ni loi" directed by Agnes Varda wins Golden Lion
  • 1986-08-30 43rd Venice Film Festival: "Le rayon vert" directed by Eric Rohmer wins Golden Lion
  • 1987-08-29 44th Venice Film Festival: "Au revoir les enfants" directed by Louis Malle wins Golden Lion
  • 1988-08-29 45th Venice Film Festival: "The Legend of the Holy Drinker" directed by Ermanno Olmi wins Golden Lion
  • 1989-09-04 46th Venice Film Festival: "A City of Sadness" directed by Hsiao-hsien Hou wins Golden Lion

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1990-09-04 47th Venice Film Festival: "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead" directed by Tom Stoppard wins Golden Lion

Playwright Tom Stoppard
Playwright
Tom Stoppard
  • 1991-09-03 48th Venice Film Festival: "Close to Eden" directed by Nikita Mikhalkov wins Golden Lion
  • 1992-09-01 49th Venice Film Festival: "The Story of Qiu Ju" directed by Yimou Zhang wins Golden Lion
  • 1993-08-31 50th Venice Film Festival: "Short Cuts" directed by Robert Altman and "Three Colors: Blue" directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • 1994-09-01 51st Venice Film Festival: "Before the Rain" directed by Milco Mancevski and "Vive L'Amour" directed by Tsai Ming-Liang jointly awarded Golden Lion
  • 1995-08-30 52nd Venice Film Festival: "Cyclo" directed by Anh Hung Tran wins Golden Lion
  • 1996-08-28 53rd Venice Film Festival: "Neil Jordan" directed by Michael Collins wins Golden Lion
  • 1997-08-27 54th Venice Film Festival: "Hana-bi" directed by Takeshi Kitano wins Golden Lion
  • 1998-09-03 55th Venice Film Festival: "Cosi ridevano" directed by Gianni Amelio wins Golden Lion
  • 1999-09-01 56th Venice Film Festival: "Yi ge dou bu neng shao" directed by Zhang Yimou wins Golden Lion
  • 2000-08-30 57th Venice Film Festival: "Dayereh" directed by Jafar Panahi wins Golden Lion
  • 2001-08-29 58th Venice Film Festival: "Monsoon Wedding" directed by Mira Nair wins Golden Lion
  • 2002-08-27 59th Venice Film Festival: "The Magdalene Sisters" directed by Peter Mullan wins Golden Lion
  • 2003-08-27 60th Venice Film Festival: "The Return" directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev wins Golden Lion
  • 2004-09-01 61st Venice Film Festival: "Vera Drake" directed by Mike Leigh wins Golden Lion
  • 2005-08-31 62nd Venice Film Festival: "Brokeback Mountain" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
  • 2006-08-30 63rd Venice Film Festival: "Still Life" directed by Jia Zhangke wins Golden Lion
  • 2007-08-29 64th Venice Film Festival: "Lust, Caution" directed by Ang Lee wins Golden Lion
  • 2008-08-27 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion

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2008-09-04 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Director
Kathryn Bigelow
  • 2009-09-02 66th Venice Film Festival: "Lebanon" directed by Samuel Maoz wins Golden Lion
  • 2010-09-01 67th Venice Film Festival: "Somewhere" directed by Sofia Coppola wins Golden Lion
  • 2011-08-31 68th Venice Film Festival: "Faust" directed by Alexander Sokurov wins Golden Lion
  • 2012-08-29 69th Venice Film Festival: "Pieta" directed by Kim Ki-duk wins Golden Lion

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2013-08-27 "Gravity", directed and co-written by Alfonso Cuarón and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney premieres at the Venice Film Festival

  • 2013-08-28 70th Venice Film Festival: "Sacro GRA" directed by Gianfranco Rosi wins Golden Lion

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2014-08-27 "Birdman" directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton and Zach Galifianakis premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2015)

  • 2014-08-27 71st Venice Film Festival: "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence" directed by Roy Andersson wins Golden Lion