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 and Screenwriter Akira Kurosawa
Film Director and 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" film based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson, 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: "Michael Collins" directed by Neil Jordan 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

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1999-09-10 "Fight Club" film based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt premieres at the Venice Film Festival

Actor and Producer Brad Pitt
Actor and Producer
Brad Pitt
  • 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
  • 2017-09-10 74th Venice Film Festival: "The Shape of Water" directed by Guillermo del Toro wins the Golden Lion