72. VENICE FILM FESTIVAL: QUEER LION AWARD 2015 TO “THE DANISH GIRL” DIRECTED BY TOM HOOPER

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For its straightforward and honest portrayal of gender issues within a marriage, presented in a handsome production that will bring its important message to a wide audience, the 2015 Queer Lion goes to Tom Hooper for THE DANISH GIRL.

The 2015 Queer Lion jury, headed by American film critic Alonso Duralde, and composed by the creator of the award Daniel N. Casagrande, and by Marco Busato, general delegate of cultural association CinemArte, decided, to award, exceptionally, a Special Mention to Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj:

For dealing with issues such as the struggles of a young teenager to accept and understand the changes in his body, and the complicated search for his sexual identity, through the free, innocent perspective of a child, supported by a style that recalls and pays tribute to the Polish and Czechoslovakian cinematic New Waves of the 60s.

The 2015 Queer Lion jury would like to show its appreciation for the number and overall quality of films with LGBT contents and themes within the 72. Venice International Film Festival; 14 movies competed this year for the award:

  1. Arianna by Carlo Lavagna (Italy, 84’) 12. Giornate degli Autori
  2. Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj (Poland, 89’) Biennale College – Cinema
  3. La calle de la Amargura by Arturo Ripstein (Mexico/Spain, 99’) Fuori Concorso
  4. The Danish Girl by Tom Hooper (UK/Usa, 120’) Venezia 72
  5. Desde allá by Lorenzo Vigas (Venezuela, 93’) Venezia 72
  6. Helmut Berger, Actor by Andreas Horvath (Austria, 89’- documentary) Venezia Classici
  7. Human by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (France, 188’ – documentary) Fuori Concorso
  8. In Jackson Heights by Frederick Wiseman (Usa, 190’ – documentary) Fuori Concorso
  9. Janis by Amy Berg (Usa, 115’ – documentary) Fuori Concorso
  10. Lama Azavtani (Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me) by Hadar Morag (Israel/France, 94’) Orizzonti
  11. Marguerite by Xavier Giannoli (France/Czech Republic/Belgium, 127’) Venezia 72
  12. Na ri xiawu (Afternoon) by Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese Taipei, 137’ – documentary) Fuori Concorso
  13. The 1000 Eyes of Dr Maddin by Yves Montmayeur (France, 65’- documentary) Venezia Classici
  14. Spotlight by Thomas McCarthy (Usa, 123’) Fuori Concorso