Sofia Coppola Bags Venice Filmfest Golden Lion

A story about the desolate Hollywood life and its effect on an A-list actor and his young daughter has given Sofia Coppola the Golden Lion trophy during Saturday’s awards night at the Venice film festival.

Somewhere,” which shows how a Hollywood bad boy is forced to get away from the fast-paced lifestyle he has been accustomed to after an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, marks the first time that Coppola has won the top prize at the prestigious festival. The film stars Stephen Dorff as Hollywood A-lister Johnny Marco while Elle Fanning plays his daughter Cleo.

Jury president Quentin Tarantino said the choice for the Golden Lion award was unanimous this year. Meanwhile, the Silver Lion, which is awarded to the best director, went to Spain’s Alex de la Iglesia for his dark comedy “A Sad Trumpet Ballad.” Vincent Gallo won the best actor award for his portrayal of an American Taliban trying to survive in the snowy mountains of Poland in “Essential Killing,” which also took the special jury prize.

Natalie Portman’s acclaimed acting display in “Black Swan” failed to give her the best actress trophy, which went to French actress Ariane Labed for “Attenberg,” an experimental film by Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari. Portman’s co-actress, Mila Kunis, however, was honored with the Marcello Mastroianni prize for best young actress.