12 Sep 2010

Coppola takes top Venice Film Festival prize

11:07 am on 12 September 2010

Film director Sofia Coppola has taken the top prize at the Venice Film Festival for her film Somewhere.

The film tells the story of an actor whose aimless life is transformed when his young daughter comes to stay, the BBC reports.

Sofia Coppola based Somewhere on her own upbringing as the daughter of film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Accepting the Golden Lion award, she thanked her father for teaching her.

Coppola, 39, is best known for her 2003 film Lost in Translation, which starred Bill Murray and made her one of only a handful of women directors to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

The prize for best director went to Spain's Alex de la Iglesia for his horror film The Last Circus.

Vincent Gallo of France was named best actor for his role as an American Taliban in the film Essential Killing.