Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ Wins Venice Film Festival Top Prize

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” about a hard-living Hollywood actor who receives a surprise visit from his 11-year-old daughter, won the top award at the Venice Film Festival last night.

The jury at this year’s 10-day festival was led by U.S. filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, who said the choice of Coppola, like the jury’s other decisions, was unanimous.

“This was a film that enchanted us from our first screening,” said Tarantino, in a tuxedo and dark glasses, at the gala ceremony. “Yet from that first enchanting screening, it grew and grew and grew in both our hearts, in our analysis, in our minds, and in our affections.”

Coppola, who wore a puffy silk dress, said she was “so proud to have a Golden Lion,” as the Venice prize is known.

“My parents are watching in Napa,” she said, referring to filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor. “Thanks to my Dad for teaching me.”

“Somewhere” shows a divorced bachelor living in LA’s Chateau Marmont, who drives a black Ferrari and hires pole dancers to entertain him in his suite. Yet when his daughter comes to stay, he grows disillusioned with his existence.

Venice’s other main winners this year were:

Best director (Silver Lion): Alex de la Iglesia, for “Balada Triste de Trompeta” (“A Sad Trumpet Ballad”)

Special jury prize: Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Essential Killing”

Best actor: Vincent Gallo, for “Essential Killing” by Jerzy Skolimowski

Best actress: Ariane Labed, for “Attenberg” by Athina Rachel Tsangari.

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