Magazine article Screen International

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere Wins Venice Golden Lion

Magazine article Screen International

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere Wins Venice Golden Lion

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Other awards include Alex de la Iglesia for Best Director.

Venice's Golden Lion has been awarded to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff as a self-absorbed actor whose life changes through his relationship with his daughter (Elle Fanning).

Coppola was last on the Lido with her breakout film Lost In Translation in 2003, then in Venice's now-defunct Upstream section. During the festival Coppola told journalists that her first three films were one body of work, and with Somewhere she is "starting on a new body of work." She also said that she thought about iconic films set in LA like American Gigolo and Shampoo.

Presenting the award, Jury President Quentin Tarantino, sporting dark Ray Bans said "This film won the prize unanimously - it enchanted us from our first screening and it was even a situation where we would be talking about another film and arguing for another film and we'd start talking about that film again. It had the artistry we were looking for in a golden lion. I have to say that is my tremendous... momento...I have to say it is my tremendous honor to give the golden lion of the 67th Venice film festival to Sofia Coppola for Somewhere."

Accepting her award, Coppola said, "It means so much. Thank you Marco (Mueller) for inviting us to have our premiere in Venice ... thank you everyone the actors Stephen and Elle and the producers - thanks to my dad for teaching me... thank you to the jury I can't believe it thank you very much."

Venice's Silver Lion for the best director went to Alex De La Iglesia for his A Sad Trumpet Ballad about two circus clowns in love with the same woman. The film also took the Osella for best screenplay, which Iglesia also wrote.

Jerzy Skolimowski took Venice's Jury prize for his late entrant film Essential Killing, a thriller about a Taliban insurgent. The film also earned the Coppa Volpi for best actor for Vincent Gallo.

Skolimowski picked up Gallo's prize saying "I am sure Vincent you are around here somewhere - come on man be brave. (Gallo was absent from all press events - even for his own film in competition Promises Written In Waterwas reportedly on the Lido).

"I am sure he wants to thank his director most of all and the script writer who also Skolimowski and the producer who financed his payment, Skolimowski," he said.

Tarantino's jury also decided to give a special ad-hoc gold lion for a director's body of work. …

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