Sofia Coppola's Somewhere Wins Top Prize at Venice Film Fest
We're in the thick of the film festival season, with two major film festivals wrapping up (Telluride, Venice) and one still on-going (Toronto). Yesterday evening the winners of various prizes at the 67th Venice Film Festival were announced, and instead of former winner Darren Aronofsky taking home any deserved prize this year, the Golden Lion for the Best Film went to Sofia Coppola's Somewhere. But as is usually the case with most of these awards from fests, they don't mean much besides just being the favorite of the jury, and this year the jury was led by Quentin Tarantino, which has caused some sites to claim favoritism on his part.
I've included a full list of winners below, although you probably haven't heard of of most of the other films.
Golden Lion for Best Film: Somewhere directed by Sofia Coppola
Silver Lion for Best Director: Alex de la Iglesia for Balada triste de trompeta (or A Sad Trumpet Ballad)
Special Jury Prize: Essential Killing directed by Jerzy Skolimowsky
Coppa Volpi for Best Actor: Vincent Gallo for Essential Killing
Coppa Volpi for Best Actress: Ariane Labed for Attenberg
Osella for Best Screenplay: Alex de la Iglesia for Balada triste de trompeta (or A Sad Trumpet Ballad)
Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor: Mila Kunis for Black Swan
Osella for Best Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman for Silent Souls
Special Lion for an Overall Work: Monte Hellman
European Cinema Award: The Clink of the Ice directed by Bertrand Blier
Leoncino d’Oro Prize: Barney's Version directed by Richard J. Lewis
Queer Lion for Best Gay Film: In the Future directed by Mauro Andrizzi
Congrats to all of the winners. I'm happy for Sofia Coppola because her film was getting some mixed buzz coming out of the fest (it hasn't screened anywhere else yet besides in Venice) and this is a good way for her to break past all that. Focus Features still has Somewhere scheduled for release on December 22nd later this year, and you can watch the trailer here if you haven't seen it yet. I'm very excited to see it. Additionally, it's great to see Mila Kunis taking home an award, especially because I thought she was great fantastic in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan (read my review). Stay tuned for more coverage from the film festivals and beyond!