U.S. director Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere on Saturday won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival.
The film, which looks at the loneliness faced by a Hollywood star, follows protagonist Johnny Marco, played by Stephen Dorff, whose supposedly glamorous, but essentially shallow life, is suddenly changed when his 11-year-old daughter Chloe, played by Ellen Fanning, comes to stay with him.
U.S. actor Vincent Gallo picked up the Coppa Volpi for the best male actor for his leading role in Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing.
In the film Gallo plays Mohammed a man captured by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and taken to an Eastern European detention centre, from which he escapes.
The Festival’s Coppa Volpi for best female actress went to Ariane Labed for her role as a sexually coy, twenty-something misanthrope, Marina, in Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg.
The jury headed by U.S. filmmaker Quentin Tarantino bestowed its Special Jury Award to veteran U.S. director’s Monte Hellman’s Road to Nowhere.
This year’s Venice Film Festival marked its 67th edition and saw 24 films in competition.
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