Venice: Tarantino accused of nepotism

Posted on 19 September 2010

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Venice film festival: Italy turns on Quentin Tarantino over prizes
…not the first time his role in the festival has come in for criticism: this week the director was accused of nepotism after presenting several awards to friends.

Sofia Coppola, Tarantino’s former girlfriend, won the festival’s top prize for her film Somewhere, while the Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia, a longtime friend of Tarantino, was awarded best director and best screenplay for his movie, A Sad Trumpet Ballad.

The jury also gave a lifetime achievement prize to Tarantino’s mentor Monte Hellman, prompting Italian daily Corriere della Sera to accuse the Pulp Fiction director of “the most obvious conflict of interest possible”.

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