VENICE 2010: SOFIA COPPOLA’S SOMEWHERE WINS THE GOLDEN LION




FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SOFIA COPPOLA’S SOMEWHERE, the tale of an actor who sees the emptiness of his existence through the eyes of his daughter, won the GOLDEN LION at the VENICE FILM FESTIVAL tonight.

Director QUENTIN TARANTINO headed the jury, which unanimously chose SOFIA’S film as the best movie at the 11 day annual fest.

The buzz in the final days of the festival had pegged SOMEWHERE as a sure winner and the jury appeared to have had no doubts.

“This film enchanted us from its first screening,” QUENTIN said.

“It has the artistry we were looking for in a Golden Lion (winner),” he told the closing ceremony.

SOFIA has described the film, which made its world premiere at VENICE, as “a portrait of today’s L.A.”

SOMEWHERE is SOFIA COPPOLA’S fourth feature. She is also one of the few female filmmakers ever to be nominated for a BEST DIRECTOR OSCAR — for LOST IN TRANSLATION.

In SOMEWHERE, STEPHEN DORFF portrays a Hollywood star whose somewhat empty life is enriched by the arrival of his daughter, played by ELLE FANNING. The film takes place almost entirely in hotels, mostly THE CHATEAU MARMONT in Los Angeles.

SOFIA grew up in the world of film due to her father, director FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA. When presenting the film, SOFIA reminisced that she and her family spent a lot of time growing up in hotels when her father was out on location while filming.

As a child she stayed at the Marmont with her father. When the film was screened at VENICE early in the festival, SOFIA told reporters that FRANCIS loved it.

“Thanks to my dad for teaching me,” SOFIA said, accepting the award.

QUENTIN paused for a moment and seemed to fight back tears when he was about to announce that SOFIA had won the GOLDEN LION. The two, who were romantically involved at one time, hugged each other affectionately.

When asked later at a news conference if it was a difficult situation to give the prize to a friend, QUENTIN replied that he didn’t “let anything like that affect me. There was no me steering any directions. Sofia doesn’t know any of these other people on the jury and her prize was unanimous.”

Other awards included the SILVER LION for BEST DIRECTOR, which went to ALEX DE LA IGLESIA for his BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA (A SAD TRUMPET BALLAD). The Spanish director also won the BEST SCREENPLAY award for the film.

The BEST ACTOR award was given to VINCENT GALLO, who played a terror suspect plotting his escape in ESSENTIAL KILLING, by Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski.

BEST ACTRESS honours were awarded to ARIANA LEBED, a Greek performer who discovers herself through her friendships in ATTENBERG, a film by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari.

Here is a list of prize winners at the fest…

GOLDEN LION: SOMEWHERE

SPECIAL LION (CAREER AWARD): MONTE HELLMAN – ROAD TO NOWHERE

SILVER LION (BEST DIRECTOR): ALEX DE LA IGLESIA – BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA

BEST SCREENPLAY: ALEX DE LA IGLESIA – BALADA TRISTE DE TROMPETA

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE: ESSENTIAL KILLING

BEST FIRST FEATURE: COGUNLUK

BEST ACTRESS: ARIANA LABED – ATTENBERG

BEST ACTOR: VINCENT GALLO – ESSENTIAL KILLING

EMERGING PERFORMER: MILA KUNIS – BLACK SWAN

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