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67th Venice International Film Festival

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Venice, Italy

Festival date
1–11 September 2010



Golden Lion – Somewhere Silver Lion – Alex de la Iglesia (A Sad Trumpet Ballad)

The 67th annual Venice Film Festival held in Venice, Italy, took place from September 1 to September 11, 2010. American film director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino was head of the Jury. John Woo was awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement prior to the start of the Festival. The opening film was Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.


The Golden Lion for the Best Film In Competition was awarded to Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola. The Silver Lion Award for Best Director was given to Álex de la Iglesia, for A Sad Trumpet Ballad. In a break with tradition of limiting a film to receiving no more than one major award, the Special Jury Prize and the Best Actor (the Volpi Cup) went to the same film, Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing. In the past, no one film had been given two major awards. Representing the jury, American director Quentin Tarantino appealed to Festival head Marco Müller to alter the rules. This rule change will be upheld for future editions of the Festival.

Following the Festival, Italian film critic Paolo Mereghetti criticised the decisions the jury made in awarding prizes, and singled out Tarantino, accusing him of favoritism. He denied the charge.

Leone d'oro (Golden Lion)

The Leone d'oro (Golden Lion) award was won by Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola, a film based in part on Coppola's childhood as the daughter of acclaimed American director Francis Ford Coppola. Quentin Tarantino, the president of the jury that awarded the prize, hailed the film saying, "it grew and grew in our hearts, in our minds, in our affections". The jury's decision was unanimous. Upon receiving the award, Coppola paid credit to her father for "teaching me". The Russian film Silent Souls and the Chilean film Post Mortem had been considered favourites for the award.

The following films competed for the award:

Films out of competition

The following films were shown out of competition.

Italian comedy retrospective

The following films were shown as part of a retrospective section on Italian comedy, titled The State of Things, spanning the years 1937 to 1988.

International Critics' Week

The following films were shown in the International Critics' Week, organized independently by SNCCI.


The International Jury for the main competition consisted of:

  • Quentin Tarantino (Head of Jury)
  • Guillermo Arriaga
  • Ingeborga Dapkunaite
  • Arnaud Desplechin
  • Danny Elfman
  • Luca Guadagnino
  • Gabriele Salvatores
  • Venezia 67

  • Leone d'Oro (Golden Lion) for the best film: Somewhere by Sofia Coppola
  • Leone d'Argento (Silver Lion) for the best director: Álex de la Iglesia for Balada triste de trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Ballad)
  • Special Jury Prize: Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Coppa Volpi for the Best Actor: Vincent Gallo, for Essential Killing
  • Coppa Volpi for the Best Actress: Ariane Labed, for Attenberg
  • Premio Marcello Mastroianni, for the best emerging actor or actress: Mila Kunis for Black Swan
  • Osella for Best Cinematography: Mikhail Krichman for Ovsyanki (Silent Souls)
  • Osella for Best Screenplay: Álex de la Iglesia for Balada triste de trompeta (A Sad Trumpet Ballad)
  • Special Lion for Overall Work: Monte Hellman
  • "Luigi de Laurentis" Award for a Debut Film: Cogunluk (Majority) by Seren Yüce
  • Horizons – 'Premio orrizonti'

  • Premio Orizzonti (Orizzonti prize): Verano de Goliat by Nicolás Pereda (Mexico, Canada)
  • Special Orizonti jury prize: The Forgotten Space by Noël Burch and Allan Sekula (Netherlands, Austria)
  • Premio Orizzonti award for short film: Coming Attractions by Peter Tcherkassky (Austria)
  • Premio Orizzonti awards for medium-length film: Tse (Out) by Roee Rosen (Israel)
  • Special mention to: Jean Gentil by Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cárdenas (Dominican Republic, Mexico, Germany)
  • References

    67th Venice International Film Festival Wikipedia