At the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky received the Silver Lion prize for the best director's work. The historical drama Paradise is set in a concentration camp during World War II and tells the story of Olga, a Russian émigré, a member of the French Resistance movement, a French collaborator Jules, and a German Helmuth, a high-ranking SS officer. The main roles in the film were played by Julia Vysotskaya, German actor Christian Klaus and Frenchman Philippe Duquesne. The Raya video teaser can be viewed here.
This year, a jury chaired by English director Sam Mendes decided to award two Silver Lions for Best Director. The second prize-winner was the Mexican Amat Escalante, who presented the painting "Wilderness". For Konchalovsky, this is the second Silver Lion: for the first time he received an award for the best direction in 2014 for the film White Nights of the Postman Tryapitsyn.
The Golden Lion, the festival's main prize, was awarded this year to Filipino director Love Diaz for The Woman Who Gone. The jury awarded the Grand Prix to the designer Tom Ford for the tape "Under Cover of Night".