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Venice: Tarantino Accused Of Favouritism

By | Sunday September 12, 2010 @ 6:10am PDT

The Italian press has criticised the Venice jury president for handing out two major awards to his friends: his ex-girlfriend Sofia Coppola who received the top Golden Lion award, and his mentor Monte Hellman who was given a special career award. Paolo Mereghetti, film critic for Italian daily Corriere della Sera, wrote this morning that “the [jury] presidency of Quentin Tarantino runs the risk of being the most obvious conflict of interest, given that Somewhere and [Hellman’s] Road to Nowhere seemed charming and intriguing but nothing more”. The London critics weren’t particularly wowed when they reviewed Somewhere after its Venice premiere. “For all the similarities, this does not have the brilliant seriocomic moments of Lost In Translation. If that was her hit single, then this is the B-side,” said the Guardian. The London Evening Standard said the film lacked drama. Tarantino has rejected suggestions of awarding his friends. “I wasn’t going to let anything like that affect me at all,” he told reporters after the awards ceremony. “I was just going to literally respond to the film. There was no me steering any direction.” Tarantino said Coppola’s award had been a unanimous jury decision. “It enchanted us from the first,” said Tarantino, “Being her friend didn’t affect me or make me sway the jury in any way. The other members of the jury don’t know her at all. They just loved the film. We kept coming back to it, as one … Read More »

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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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Sofia Coppola’s Low-Key ‘Somewhere’ Gets Muted Reviews In Venice

The director’s fourth film sees her back in Lost in Translation mode rather than the camp period drama of Marie Antoinette, agree London critics. This time it’s Stephen Dorff rather than Bill Murray who’s playing an actor living an affectless life in a flat, blank hotel room. “For all the similarities, this does not have the brilliant seriocomic moments of Lost In Translation. If that was her hit single, then this is the B-side,” says the Guardian. The London Evening Standard says the film has no dramatic moments. Critic Derek Malcolm thinks Somewhere may last in the memory a little longer than Marie Antoinette, if not quite as long as her breakthrough second film. Read More »

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