A film by an Australian woman won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.
The film by the Australian writer and director Jennifer Kent The Nightingale, which was the only title in the competition directed by a woman, got a double blow.
The revenge thriller won the Special Prize of the Jury and also the gesture of Marcello Mastroianni for the best young actor that went to the indigenous actor Baykali Ganambarr.
In this sometimes violent film set in the 19th century in Tasmania, a 21-year-old Irish convicted woman and an Aboriginal tracker (played by Ganambarr) chase the British army officer who harmed his family.
"I would also like to tell all those women who want to make films: please go and do it, we need you, the female force is the most powerful and healing force on the planet," Kent said when accepting the award.
"I trust that next year and a year later we will see more and more women living in this space."
During a previous press screening, a sexist insult was thrown at Kent during a press screening. The image provoked a cry of sexist insult against the director during the press screening which in turn caused the screamer to obtain his press credentials.
The Rome of Alfonso Cuarón, a black and white drama taken from the director's memories of having grown up in Mexico City in the early 1970s that marks his return to Spanish cinema, won the festival's best gong, the Golden Lion
"Roma", which is clearly Cuarón's most personal work, focuses on two domestic workers, both of Mixtec origin, who care tirelessly for a small family in the middle class neighborhood of Rome.
The French director Jacques Audiard won the award for best director for his ingenious western in English, starring Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly as assassins.
The best actor honors went to Willem Dafoe for his tour de force performance as Vincent Van Gogh during the artistic period artistically illuminated but mentally dark in the work of Julian Schnabel in Eternity & # 39; s Gate.
Joel and Ethan Coen won the best screenplay of their western The Ballad by Buster Scruggs, originally conceived as a television series, also by Netflix.
Netflix has had a great presence in Venice, with six titles, and this edition marks the first grand prize of the giant serpentine in the main festival circuit.