Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere takes top prize at Venice Film Festival

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere picked up the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival despite tepid reviews and stiff competition from other features.

The film stars Stephen Dorff as a hard-living actor who is reunited with his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).

This year’s jury president, Quentin Tarantino, had this to say about the winner:

“This was a film that enchanted us from our first screening…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.”

Many pundits had considered Somewhere to be dead in the water soon after its premiere, with Tom O’Neil penning the not-quite-prophetic article “Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ — nowhere in the Oscar race“.

That being said, films that claim the top prize at Venice rarely go on to Oscar glory. As Guy Lodge at In Contention notes, Venice often skews more arthouse than the Academy. Previous Golden Lion winners include Lebanon, The Wrestler and Lust, Caution – none of which went on to pick up an Academy Award.

The entire list of winners:

Golden Lion (Best Film): Somewhere
Silver Lion (Best Director): Alex de la Iglesia, A Sad Trumpet Ballad
Special Jury Prize: Essential Killing
Coppa Volpi (Best Actor): Vincent Gallo, Essential Killing
Coppa Volpi (Best Actress): Ariane Labed, Attenberg
Osella (Best Screenplay): A Sad Trumpet Ballad
Marcella Mastroianni Award (Best Young Actor or Actress): Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Osella (Best Cinematography): Silent Souls
Special Lion for Overall Work: Monte Hellman
European Cinema Award: The Clink of the Ice
Leoncino d’Oro (Golden Lion Cub) Prize: Barney’s Version
Queer Lion (Best Gay Film): In the Future
Brian Award: The Kisses Never Given
UNICEF Award: Miral

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