It was the bookies’ favourite – and, surprise surprise, it won. The jury of the Venice Film Festival chaired by Annette Bening, handed the Golden Lion to Guillermo del Toro for "The Shape of Water".
The Grand Jury Prize Silver Lion went to "Foxtrot", helmed by one of Venice’s darlings, Israeli director Samuel Maoz, who won the Golden Lion in 2009 with "Lebanon".
There was a double win for French actor Xavier Legrand, who made his directorial debut with "Custody", which won for Best Director and – handed out by a different jury – the Lion of the Future - Laurentiis Prize for a First Film.
The Volpi Cups went to Kamel El Basha, the lead actor from the film "The Insult" by Lebanon’s Ziad Doueiri, and Charlotte Rampling, the star of "Hannah" by Italy’s Andrea Pallaoro.
The Best Screenplay Award went to British director Martin McDonagh for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".
There was a Special Jury Prize for "Sweet Country" by Australian aboriginal director Warwick Thornton. The Marcello Mastroianni Prize for Best Young Actor/Actress went to young actor Charlie Plummer, the star of "Lean on Pete".
Gianni Amelio, the president of Orizzonti, a section that selects the films that represent the latest trends in world cinema, announced the winning film of this year’s edition: "Nico, 1988" by Susanna Nicchiarelli, a road movie exploring the twilight years of Christa Päffgen, aka Nico, set in Paris, Prague, Nuremberg, Manchester, the Polish countryside and the Roman coast.