Somewhere wins big at Venice Festival


Sofia Coppola’s new drama Somewhere has been awarded the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

The drama, which features a stellar turn from Stephen Dorff as the layabout father of Elle Fanning, surprised attendees as it was declared the best of the fest, trampling competition from favourites like Black Swan .

Not only that, but the festival jury - who were led by geek titan Quentin Tarantino - were unanimous in their decision to give Coppola’s film the much coveted shiny.

Other flicks that won big were Alex de la Iglesia’s A Sad Trumpet Ballad , which bagged the Silver Lion (or Best Director) gong, Vincent Gallo’s Essential Killing (which took home the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor award) and Attenburg , which earned Ariane Labed a Best Actress trophy.

Black Swan didn’t go home empty handed, though – Mila Kunis grabbed the Best Young Actor prize.

A full run-down of the awards...

Golden Lion For Best Film:
Somewhere (Sofia Coppola)

Silver Lion For Best Director:
Alex de la Iglesia ( Balada triste de trompeta )

Special Jury Prize:
Essential Killing (Jerzy Skolimowsky)

Coppa Volpi For Best Actor:
Vincent Gallo ( Essential Killing )

Coppa Volpi For Best Actress:
Ariane Labed (Attenberg )

Osella For Best Screenplay:
Alex de la Iglesia ( Balada triste de trompeta )

Marcello Mastroianni Award For Best Young Actor Or Actress:
Mila Kunis ( Black Swan )

Osella For Best Cinematography:
Mikhail Krichman ( Silent Souls )

Special Lion For An Overall Work:
Monte Hellman

European Cinema Award:
The Clink Of The Ice

Leoncino d’Oro Prize:
Barney’s Version

Queer Lion For Best Gay Film:
In the Future

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