71st Venice International Film Festival
The 71st annual Venice International Film Festival took place in Venice, Italy between 27 August to 6 September 2014. The festival opened with Alejandro G. Iñárritu's film Birdman, and closed with Ann Hui's drama film The Golden Era. Italian actress Luisa Ranieri hosted the opening and closing nights of the festival. The Swedish film A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, directed by Roy Andersson, won the Golden Lion, and Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence won the Grand Jury Prize.
|Opening film||Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)|
|Closing film||The Golden Era|
|Awards||Golden Lion: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence|
Silver Lion: Andrei Konchalovsky (The Postman's White Nights)
|Hosted by||Luisa Ranieri|
|Festival date||27 August – 6 September 2014|
American filmmakers Thelma Schoonmaker and Frederick Wiseman were the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement award. French composer Alexandre Desplat was the head of the jury for the main competition section.