Somewhere Wins Top Venice Prize

Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” has scored the top prize of the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.

The drama, about a film star (Stephen Dorff) struggling to be a father to his 11-year-old daughter at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The film won with a unanimous vote from the main competition jury.

The win has raised some eyebrows as reaction from various American film critics to the project during the festival proved notably mixed, with their praise turned more onto the likes of Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” or Pablo Lorrain’s “Post Mortem”.

In terms of other awards, Alex de la Iglesia won Best Director and screenplay for “The Last Circus” (“Balada Triste de Trompeta”). Ariane Labed (“Attenberg”) scored the Best Actress award and Mila Kunis (“Black Swan”) won the emerging actress award.

Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Essential Killing” scored a special jury prize and Best Actor award win for Vincent Gallo’s performance in the project.