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Quentin Tarantino Accused of Favoring Ex-Lover and Pals at Venice Film Fest

September 13, 2010 (6:55 am) GMT
Responding to the favoritism issue, Quentin Tarantino insists the jury's choice for winners is unanimous, while the film festival's bosses offer no comment.

An alleged fix has rocked the Venice Film Festival after a group of Italian journalists accused jury president of favoring ex-girlfriends, pals and associates. The outcry came after the filmmaker's former lover Sophia Coppola claimed the festival's main prize, the Golden Lion, on Saturday, September 11 for her drama "".

Tarantino has since insisted her win was unanimous, but the local media is still questioning the director's choice, especially after his friend Alex de la Iglesia won two prizes for his film "Balada triste de trompeta" and one of his mentors, Monte Hellman, was handed a lifetime achievement prize created by the jury, led by the moviemaker.

And now the Kill Bill director has become the target of Italian critics, who have accused him of favoritism. Leading film writer Paolo Mereghetti tells the Correre della Sera newspaper, "The presidency of Quentin Tarantino runs the risk of turning into the most obvious conflict of interest possible."

Other journalists have questioned why de la Iglesia's film was such a hit, when the movie was largely panned in Italy. Festival bosses have yet to comment on the controversy.

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