Yorgos Lanthimos Wins Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival With “Poor Things”

Yorgos Lanthimos with the Golden Lion for Best Film for
Yorgos Lanthimos with the Golden Lion for Best Film for "Poor Things" during the Winners Red Carpet at the 80th Venice Film Festival in September 2023. Photo by Marechal Aurore/ABACA/Shutterstock (14090886dc)

Many of the year’s most anticipated films finally saw the light of day in Venice, but only one could take the coveted Golden Lion home. Yorgos Lanthimos’ surrealist black comedy Poor Things is the biggest winner of this year’s Venice Film Festival after being honored with the Golden Lion.

Poor Things had its world premiere in Venice on September 1, and it will most likely hit the fall festival circuit before being theatrically released by Searchlight Pictures on December 8. The film was met with rave reviews in Venice before picking up the festival’s most prestigious accolade, with Emma Stone’s performance being singled out as one of its highlights.

Poor Things had tough competition in Michael Mann’s Ferrari, David Fincher’s The Killer, and Sofia Copolla’s Priscilla, among others, but it was eventually crowned as the Golden Lion winner. Lanthimos collected the award and dedicated it to the leading lady Emma Stone, saying “this film is her in front and behind the camera.”

In addition to Poor Things, the list of winners also included Evil Does Not Exist (Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize) and Green Border (Special Jury Prize). Peter Sarsgaard and Cailee Spaeny won the Volpi Cup for their acting performances in Memory and Priscilla, respectively, while Matteo Garrone collected the Silver Lion for the best director with Io Capitano.


Golden Lion
Poor Things, Yorgos Lanthimos

Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize
Evil Does Not Exist, Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Silver Lion Best Director
Matteo Garrone, Io Capitano

Special Jury Prize
Green Border, Agnieszka Holland

Best Screenplay
Pablo Larrain and Guillermo Calderón, El Conde

Best Actress
Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla

Best Actor
Peter Sarsgaard, Memory

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor or Actress
Seydou Sarr, Io Capitano

Best Film
Explanation For Everything, Gábor Reisz

Best Director
Mika Gustafson, Paradise Is Burning

Special Jury Prize
Una Sterminata Domenica, Alain Parroni

Best Actress
Margarita Rosa De Francisco, El Paraiso

Best Actor
Tergel Bold-Erdene, City of Wind

Best Screenplay
El Paraiso, Enrico Maria Artale

Best Short Film
A Short Trip, Erenik Beqiri

Lion of the Future – Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film
Love Is A Gun, Lee Hong-Chi

Audience Award
FELICITÀ (HAPPINESS), Micaela Ramazzotti


Best Documentary
Thank You Very Much, Alex Braverman

Best Restored Film


Grand Jury Prize
Songs For A Passerby, Celine Daemen

Special Jury Prize
Flow, Adriaan Lokman

Immersive Achievement Prize
Emperor, Marion Burger, Ilan Cohen