Sofia Coppola's Somewhere has scooped the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The bittersweet drama sees Hollywood actor (Stephen Dorff) attempting to connect with his estranged daughter (Elle Fanning) amidst his LA lifestyle.
Picking up the Festival's top prize, the vote for Venice's top film came as a surprise to many - it got mixed reviews, but was highly regarded by the jury. Led by Quentin Tarantino, Coppola's former boyfriend, the panel included Danny Elfman, screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, and director Arnaud Desplechin.
Accepting the award, Sofia Coppola said she was "so proud to win the Golden Lion," before thanking her father for teaching her. In response to suggestions of favouritism, Tarantino commented: "Sure, I created guidelines but she won it fair and square and unanimously. The other members of the Jury don't know her at all. They just loved the film. We kept coming back to it, as one of us said, because "it's a great fucking movie", all right?"
Coppola's victory follows Kathryn Bigelow's triumph at the Oscars this year. But Avatar still won something here: it took home the all-new high-definition Persol 3D Award for The Most Creative 3D Film of the Year. Or something.
Read on for a full list of Venice Film Festival awards.
Golden Lion (Best Film) - Somewhere
Silver Lion (Best Director) - Alex de la Iglesia, A Sad Trumpet Ballad
Special Jury Prize - Essential Killing
Coppa Volpi (Best Actor) - Vincent Gallo, Essential Killing
Coppa Volpi (Best Actress) - Ariane Labed, Attenberg
Osella (Best Screenplay) - A Sad Trumpet Ballad
Marcella Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actor/Actress) - Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Osella (Best Cinematography) - Silent Souls
Special Lion for Overall Work - Monte Hellman
Persol 3D Award for The Most Creative 3D Film of the Year - Avatar
- arnaud desplechin
- best film
- danny elfman
- elle fanning
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- lost in translation
- quentin tarantino
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