Sofia Coppola’s SOMEWHERE, ESSENTIAL KILLING, and Mila Kunis Win at the Venice Film Festival

     September 11, 2010


The 2010 Venice International Film Festival Jury, led by Quentin Tarantino, has awarded the top prize to Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere.  The film centers around a movie star (Stephen Dorff) who is thrown for a loop when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning) re-enters his life. Coppola is just the fourth American in sixty-seven years to take home the Golden Lion, following John Cassavettes (Gloria), Robert Altman (Shortcuts), and Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler).

Other big winners at the fest include Essential Killing, which netted the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor for Vincent Gallo, plus Mila Kunis, deemed the Best Young Actor or Actress for her work in Black Swan.  Hit the jump for the full list.

Reviews of Somewhere have been mostly positive, but mixed.  The Golden Lion is good validation for a film I’m excited for.  Natalie Portman has been getting all the attention for Black Swan, and I presume she was eligible for the award.  Nice to see Kunis, a charming actress, get some recognition.  I wonder if the attention will get Balada triste de trompeta (translates to “A Sad Trumpet Ballad”) the Spanish comedy a solid release in these parts.  I’ve included a still from the film below which makes me hope for one.

Golden Lion for Best Film:
Somewhere, by Sofia Coppola


Silver Lion for Best Director:
Alex de la Iglesia for Balada triste de trompeta

Special Jury Prize:
Essential Killing 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

Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress:
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

Leoncino d’Oro Prize:
Barney’s Version

Queer Lion for Best Gay Film:
In the Future


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  • Anonymous

    Great. Looks like SOMEWHERE might be the film that everyone claims is “great” so Christopher Nolan gets shut out again.
    It happened two years ago when the overrated SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE was hailed over THE DARK KNIGHT.
    Of course I haven’t seen SOMEWHERE but if its anything like the snoozefest LOST IN TRANSLATION then another undeserved Oscar for Sofia.

  • ChristopherC

    now i love THE DARK KNIGHT as much as any other fella, but SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE winning the Oscars never really bothered me. it’s a fun movie with a great narative flow. the thing that bothered me was the complete snub on TDK in the major nominations area. so my hate was more on The Reader and MILK for stealing the nominations from WALL-E and TDK.

    oh, and the academy won’t snub INCEPTION this year. im pretty sure of that, because other than the “make-up” frr THE DARK KNIGHT factor, the film really is a masterpiece. TDK, however great it is, is not a masterpiece(maybe a near-masterpiece because of the weak last minutes). INCEPTION is nolan’s first masterpiece.

    ps. Don’t bad mouth LOST IN TRANSLATION. because it’s probably one of the best film of the last decade. calling it a snoozefest is disrepectful, what do you expect from the movie, lots of action and gunslinging? it’s a movie about people. plus Bill Murray gives one of the best performance ever. read Ebert’s re-review of the film. he nails the Bill Murray case.

  • ChristopherC

    also, it’s interesting how the media will react with Sofia winning under head jury Quentin Tarantino. we all know they have a history and are still best of friends. this just shows that QT doesnt give a shit what the media will say, he’ll award it to anybody that he thinks deserves it. i can’t wait for Somewhere. hopefully it opens(along with Black Swan) soon here in the Philippines.

  • JJ

    great. considering her father and brother help her make her films, why don’t they just give the award to the whole family?


  • Anonymous

    I didn’t hate SLUMDOG but it is overrated. It certainly doesn’t merit all the attention that it got for months and months.

    Well, some might say NOLAN had a masterpiece years ago with MOMENTO. TDK is a masterpiece. And as much as I loved INCEPTION, to me NOLAN didn’t top TDK. What was weak about the ending? Did you want him to kill the JOker? Cuz that wasn’t gonna happen.

    I don’t expect action and gunslinging in every movie but certainly some entertainment value. And watching Scarjo walk around the city for 5 minutes is pretty snooze enducing. Besides, Murray did a much better job in RUSHMORE. It’s pretty much the same character in LOST IN TRANSLATION, the only difference is he is the star and on screen more. I get the point that its about people and life and things move slow. BUt this aint life. It’s a movie. Make it interesting please.

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    • Jcgarraty

      Mila is a great little actor. She knows how to deliver a character exactly how the director needs it. Nothing seems to be out of her range.

    • Jcgarraty

      Mila is a great little actor. She knows how to deliver a character exactly how the director needs it. Nothing seems to be out of her range.

  • Prmack

    But had Tarantino not been the head of the 2010 Venice Film Festival, could the Golden Lion have gone to another (better-received) film, say, Abdellatif Kechiche‘s Venus Noire / Black Venus, François Ozon‘s Potiche, or Pablo Larraín‘s Post Mortem?