“I’m a little embarrassed by it, actually,” he tells New York magazine’s Vulture. “Because it was never meant to be a dig against Somewhere, or Sofia. I simply didn’t consider any of the films I’d seen in Venice for the list.
“The world knows how I feel about those films already … I put them in a separate box — I was on official duty at that time, not seeing the films theatrically, independently,” he says. “Now I wish I’d put it on there — I didn’t think anyone would pay attention. If I’d known it was going to get out, I’d have put it in my top ten.”
Tarantino may have left Somewhere off his list for another reason: The Italian press criticized the Venice Film Festival jury president in September for giving Coppola, whom he once dated, the top Golden Lion award for Somewhere.
He has brushed off bias rumors.
“Being her friend didn’t affect me or make me sway the jury in any way,” he told reporters after the awards ceremony. “The other members of the jury don’t know her at all. They just loved the film.”