Sofia Coppola Wins Top Prize at Venice Film Festival

by Melissa Silverstein on September 12, 2010

in Awards,Festivals,Women Directors,Women Writers

This is why awards matter.

When Somewhere premiered at Venice to mostly indifferent reviews it was pretty much dismissed as not as good as Lost in Translation which earned Coppola an Oscar Nomination.

Now a week later the film has gained some serious momentum when it surprised people by being the unanimous winner of the Golden Lion at the close of the Venice Film Festival.

Here’s what the jury president Quentin Tarantino said of the film.  (FYI he is an ex-boyfriend of Ms. Coppola.)

It enchanted us from the first, and it grew and grew in our hearts, in our analysis, in our minds and affections. We kept coming back to it in discussions, even when talking about other films, because we found it kept illustrating what we were looking for in the winner of our Golden Lion.

Coppola is the fourth woman director to win The Golden Lion in the festival’s history.  The other women are:

  • Margarethe von Trotta – Marianne and Juliane (Die Bleierne Zeit) in 1981
  • Agnès Varda – Vagabond (Sans toit ni loi) in 1985
  • Mira Nair – Monsoon Wedding in 2001

Here’s what she said about winning the award:

Since I started making films, there have been more and more women directors coming through. It can only be good that there are different stories being told from different points of view.

Sofia Coppola wins top prize for bittersweet tale
(The Guardian)


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Didion September 12, 2010 at 1:03 PM

What fantastic news — and I have to drop you a line to tell you how invaluable I find your blog — not just for great stories like this, but for the energizing information more broadly about women’s roles in Hollywood (and lack thereof). I read every single post — thank you.

anna September 12, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Of course people are now saying it’s all because she used to date Tarantino, so he bullied the jury into unanimously voting for her.


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