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US Film From Sofia Coppola, Tops At Venice … Chabrol Dies In France

  • September 12th, 2010
  • Posted by EUEditor

coppola-film-2010.jpgSomewhere – an intimate tale, set in Los Angeles, of a father finding meaning in life through his young daughter – has received the Venice Film Festival “Golden Lion” best film award.


sofie-coppola-resize-2010.jpgThe director. Sofia Coppola, 39, a self-proclaimed directing protégé of her own dad, Francis Ford Coppola, has had previous triumphs (e.g. with Lost in Translation), and set-backs (e.g. Marie Antoinette).

Actors were Stephen Dorff, as a Hollywood actor tiring of celebrity, and Ella Fanning, the eleven year-old daughter.

biennale-2010.jpgOther prizes at Venice (11.9.10): Best director -  Alex de la Iglesia, from Spain, for The Last Circus, in the current horror film genre; Vincent Gallo, France, best actor, in Essential Killing, cast as an American Taliban member.

The international film event, centred in the elegant if slightly muddy beach environment of the Lido, is in its 67th year.


Other great days were recalled on the weekend with the death of Claude Chabrol (12.9.10) in France.

Chabrol, 80, had been a leader in French “New Wave” cinema, one of a brigade of exceptional directors that also included Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut.

Starting in 1958 he directed over 50 films, into the 1970s; markedly psychological thrillers like The Unfaithful Wife, The Butcher and This Man Must Die.


Sylvia Aloisi and Mike Collett-White, “Sofia Coppola’s film on celebrity wins in Venice”, Reuters, Venice, 11.9.10., (12.9.10).

“La Biennale”, Venice, Official Awards, 11.9.10., (12.9.10).