Martinez Named Best Actor at This Year’s Venice Film Festival

Oscar Martínez is raising a special cup…

The 66-year-old Argentine actor received the Best Actor Volpi Cup at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

Oscar Martinez

Martinez picked up the award for his acclaimed performance in “El ciudadano ilustre.”

He’s the first Argentine actor or actress to receive the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival.

But Martinez wasn’t the only Latino winner…

Amat Escalante picked up the Silver Lion for Best Director in a tie with Andrei Konchalovsky. The 37-year-old Mexican filmmaker won the award for his work on La Region Salvaje.

Ruth Diaz was named Best Actress in the Venice Horizons category. The 41-year-old Spanish actress won the award for her performance in The Fury of a Patient Man.

Here’s the full list of winners:


Golden Lion: The Woman Who Left, Lav Diaz
Grand Jury Prize: Nocturnal Animals, dir: Tom Ford
Silver Lion, Best Director: (TIE) Amat Escalante, La Region Salvaje & Andrei Konchalovsky, Paradise
Volpi Cup, Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Volpi Cup, Best Actor: Oscar Martinez, El Ciudadano Ilustre
Best Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim, Jackie
Special Jury Prize: The Bad Batch, dir: Ana Lily Amirpour
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Paula Beer, Frantz 


Best Film: Liberami, dir: Federica Di Giacomo
Best Director: Fien Troch, Home
Special Jury Prize: Big Big World, dir: Reha Erdem
Best Actress: Ruth Diaz, The Fury Of A Patient Man
Best Actor: Nuno Lopes, Sao Jorge
Best Screenplay: Wang Bing, Bitter Money
Best Short Film: La Voz Perdida, dir: Marcelo Martinessi
Lion of the Future – “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film: The Last Of Us, dir: Ala Eddine Slim

Best Restoration: Break-Up – The Man With The Balloons, dir: Marco Ferreri
Best Documentary on Cinema: Le Concours, dir: Claire Simon