The Lost in Translation writer/director was awarded the coveted Golden Lion award on Saturday for her new film Somewhere (Dec. 22). The film stars Stephen Dorff, playing a Hollywood actor pickled by the corrosive effects of fame and booze who must decide whether there is room in his empty life for his 11-year-old estranged daughter (Elle Fanning). Coppola won an Oscar for her Lost in Translation screenplay.
Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia won directing honors for his horror movie Balada Triste de Trompeta (The Last Circus). Vincent Gallo took home the Best Actor prize for his wordless performance as a suspected Taliban fighter in Essential Killing, but did not take the stage to accept his award. Ariane Labed won Best Actress for her performance in the Greek film Attenberg.