Director Yorgos Lanthimos won the 80th Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion award for his film “Poor Things”.
The film stars Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo, and is based on a book by Alasdair Gray, with the screenplay by the author and Tony McNamara.
The film is the story of Bella Baxter, a young woman brought back to life during Victorian times by scientist Godwin Baxter, in a modern version of the myth of Frankenstein.
Lanthimos was congratulated by the Greek Film Center and the Thessaloniki Film Festival.
In a message on the occasion, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said the recognition was “a message of hope and uplifting for Greece” during a very hard time for the country. “The award confirms his innate talent, his entirely personal yet widely recognizable film signature, and, most of all, a long and fruitful, growing trajectory of creativity.”