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Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’ Wins Venice

Mike Fleming

BREAKING NEWS: The Sofia Coppola-directed Somewhere has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. The film, which stars Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan, and Benicio Del Toro, won by unanimous decison of a jury headed by Quentin Tarantino. Focus Features releases the film in the U.S. Here’s the full list of winners:

WINNERS OF THE 67TH VENICE FILM FESTIVAL

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION JURY
GOLDEN LION
Somewhere – Sofia Coppola (U.S.)

SILVER LION
The Last Circus “Balada triste de trompeta” – Alex de la Iglesia (Spain, France)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
Essential Killing – Jerzy Skolimowski (Poland, Norway, Hungary, Ireland)

ACTOR
Vincent Gallo – Essential Killing

ACTRESS
Ariane Labed – Attenberg (Greece)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER
Mila Kunis – Black Swan (U.S.)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Alex de le Iglesia – The Last Circus “Balada triste de trompeta” (Spain, France)

TECHNICAL CONTRIBUTION — Best Cinematography
Mikhail Krichman - Silent Souls “Aleksei Fedorchenko (Russia)

SPECIAL LION (FOR THE OVERALL BODY OF HIS WORK)
Monte Hellman (U.S.)

LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE
Majority – by Seren Yuce (Turkey)

HORIZONS PRIZES
FEATURE FILM
Verano De Goliat – Nicolas Pereda (Mexico, Canada)

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE FOR FEATURE FILMS
The Forgotten Space – Noel Burch, Allan Sekula (The Netherlands, Austria)

SHORT FILM
Coming Attractions – Peter Tscherkassy (Austria)

MEDIUM LENGTH FILM
Out – Roee Rosen (Israel)

SPECIAL MENTION
Jean Gentil – Laura Guzman and Israel Cardenas (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany)

VENICE SHORT NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS
The External World – David O’Reilly (Germany)

CONTROCAMPO ITALIANO
20 Cigarette – Aureliano Amadei (Italy)

L’Oreal Paris Prize
Vittoria Puccini (Italy)

JAEGER–LECOULTRE GLORY TO THE FILMMAKER AWARD
Mani Ratnam (India)

Persol 3-D Prize for most creative 3D film … Read More »

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UK Critics Tout Natalie Portman For Oscar In Venice Opener ‘Black Swan’

The fest audience gave Darren Aronofsky’s latest a standing ovation as credits rolled. London newspaper critics are giving the psychosexual ballet thriller rave reviews. “Portman is astounding,” says the Times of London. “Awards are sure to follow.” The Independent agrees, calling Portman’s performance “searing” and the film “enthralling”. David Gritten in the Daily Telegraph says Portman’s performance as a ballet dancer losing her mind elevates her from leading actress to major star. “Every film festival benefits hugely from a strong opening film, and they don’t come much stronger than Black Swan,” he says.

Of course, Aronofsky won the Golden Lion in Venice for his last film The Wrestler in 2008. The Telegraph thinks he could win again this year with Black Swan. Aronofsky told a packed press conference that the more he looked into ballet, the more he started to see similarities with the world of wrestling. “They both have these performers who use their bodies in extremely physical ways,” he said.

Fox Searchlight releases Black Swan in the US on December 1. Senior Fox Searchlight executives strolled up the red carpet into the Opening Night gala screening. Black Swan was the first of three opening films and is competing with 22 others for this year’s Golden Lion. In total this year’s festival will screen 79 full-length world premieres from 34 countries. The 67th Venice film festival runs from 1 to 11 September.

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Venice Confirms ‘Black Swan’ As Opener

Darren Aronofsky’s ballet psychological thriller will open the 67th Venice International Film Festival on September 1. Natalie Portman stars as a ballerina who finds herself locked in a web of competitive intrigue with new rival Mila Kunis. Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder also star in the Fox Searchlight release. Aronofsky won the Golden Lion two years ago for The Wrestler. This year’s Venice – reckoned to be one of the top three festivals in the world with Cannes and Berlin – runs from September 1-11.

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