‘An Officer and a Spy’ gets Silver Lion in Venice

Roman Polański’s historical drama “An Officer and a Spy” won the Grand Jury Prize, also known as the Silver Lion, at the Venice International Film Festival on Saturday, being surpassed only by Todd Phillips’ trickster super-villain story “Joker”.

Polański’s film honoured with critics’ award in Venice

“An Officer and a Spy,” by Roman Polański, a movie presenting the story of Captain Alfred Dreyfus received the International Federation of Film...

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“A dramatisation of the Dreyfus affair, Polanski’s film was among the festival’s best-received films, topping multiple critics’ polls and taking yesterday’s best-in-show award from FIPRESCI. [Variety chief critic Owen] Gleiberman, however, was among the dissenters, declaring it ‘a film that tells you things more than it gets you to feel them’,” wrote Variety.com entertainment news website.

Earlier on Saturday, the Polish-French movie director's film “An Officer and a Spy” received the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) award during the Venice Film Festival in Italy.

The movie delves into the affair of French Jewish-born Captain Alfred Dreyfus intentionally and wrongly accused of divulging confidential information to the German Embassy in Paris – a scandal of an anti-Semitic hue that polarised French society for years at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries.

Mr Polański’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner accepted the prize from the jury in absentia of her husband.