In Venice Anne Thompson weighed in on Sofia Coppola’s anticipated fourth feature, “Somewhere,” starring Stephen Dorff as a bored movie star trying to reconnect with his daughter. Thompson found Venice to be the ideal venue for the film’s world premiere. “The very European ‘Somewhere’ is a good fit here,” wrote Thompson. “The Italian journos at the morning press screening got a kick out of an amusing sequence when bored movie star Johnny Marco (well-played by Stephen Dorff) flies his willowy 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) to a movie opening in Milan, where he orders them gelato in bed in their lavish suite at the Principe-Savoie Hotel—with its own indoor pool.”
Thompson, who sees the film as a smaller-scale companion piece to “Marie Antoinette” and “Lost in Translation,” had wonderful things to say about Coppola’s latest: “Witty, spare and gorgeously framed, ‘Somewhere’ should play well for the young smart-house set.”
Meanwhile, en route to Telluride, Todd McCarthy blogged about his eventful flight where he ran into Carey Mulligan, Colin Firth, Peter Weir, Oliver Assayas, and star of Assayas’ “Carlos” Edgar Ramirez. The opportunity left McCarthy time to reflect on how far each artist has come since he last saw them. Of Assayas, McCarthy wrote: “I first met Olivier when he was a babyfaced 20-year-old come to L.A. to interview filmmakers for Cahiers du Cinema, so it’s very moving for me to see how far he’s come to be able to create a work as extraordinary as “Carlos.””
– Director John Woo picked up the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in Venice today. Despite his success, Woo told The Washington Post that he was shocked to be bestowed the honor. “I wouldn’t say that I have much contributed to film society, even though I made several good films,” Woo said to Colleen Barry.
– The Guardian commented on the critical consensus of Venice’s lineup thus far. “Four days in to the Venice film festival and critics are happy,” writes Mark Brown. “There have been some good films and, crucially, an interesting mix.”
– Starved for controversy at Venice, Black Book Magazine‘s Edmund Mullins shed light on how the Italian Press has turned on Jury President Quentin Tarantino, “questioning if his relationships with the directors who are presenting films this year don’t represent a ‘conflict of interest.'”