She is said to have mastered the art of portraying boredom. She is also a careful observer of the truth in relations. All her films share the same unhurried mood and this unnamed something hidden between the lines.
Sofia Coppola is a director, producer, and screenwriter. Born on 14 May 1971, she is the daughter of the famous Francis Ford Coppola who, at that time, was the director of “The Godfather.” She was literally baptized by the world of cinema on the set of this film, as she made her first appearance as the infant in the baptism scene. As a child, she made background debuts in a number of her father’s films. None of these appearances were exceptionally successful, though. Cast at the last minute as Mary Corleone, she was ruthlessly criticized for her false portrayal.
In high school, she took an interest in design and fashion. She became the ‘face’ of Marc Jacobs and interned with Chanel. She briefly studied painting at California Institute of the Arts. Coppola also worked as a photographer for Vogue Paris and Allure. She also began designing clothes and co-launched a fashion line called Milk Fed. She even starred in a television show. As a young woman, Sofia was active in many fields, but also more and more aware that she finally must choose and focus on one. Her father supported her extensive spectrum of interests, reassuring her that she would finally find her passion. It was in 1998 that she created her first film “Lick the Star.”
Kirsten Dunst in a historical perioddrama "Marie Antoinette" (2006).
"I don’t think I’d ever want to make an action movie. I prefer quiet productions. They let you believe that the world is not so bad and people are able to agree with each other."
"Lost in Translation" (2003) starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray.
In 1999, Coppola debuted with a subtle movie “The Virgin Suicides” which tells of the lives of teenage suicides. The film stars Kirsten Dunst playing the main character. Dunst not only became Coppola’s favorite actresses but later also her friend. The soundtrack by the Air duo gave the feature an incredible, ephemeral mood.
She quickly took her place in the pantheon on the most prominent personalities of the cinema and won many awards. Coppola’s next extraordinary feature, “Lost in Translation” earned her an Academy Award for best original screenplay, BAFTA Award for Best Motion Picture, and a César for Best Foreign Film. In 2010, she became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion for the film “Somewhere.”
DIRECTION IS A WOMAN
Even though it can be hard for many to believe, the first Oscar for female director was announced at the 82nd Academy Awards. It went to Kathryn Bigelow for the war drama “The Hurt Locker” in 2010. And as early as in 1986 Alice Guy-Blaché, filmmaking pioneer, debuted with her brief fantasy tale “La Fée aux Choux” (The Cabbage Fairy) which is considered to be one of the earliest narrative fiction films ever made!
In May this year, Coppola’s latest feature film “The Beguiled” earned her the Best Director award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. That makes her the second female director in the festival’s history to win the award. The last time that happened, the award went to Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva for her film “The Story of the Flaming Years” in 1961. However, the only woman that has ever received the Palme d’Or is Jane Campion, the creator the film “The Piano” (1993) starring Holly Hunter.
Her original adaptation of the novel “A Painted Devil” by Thomas P. Cullinan is a remake of Don Siegel’s 1971 movie starring Clint Eastwood. Coppola’s film stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, and Colin Farrell. Is it an elegant thriller, or rather an intelligent comedy drama? It seems as if Coppola had been avoiding simple labels and chose unobvious paths. This perfectly styled story unfolds during the Civil War, at a boarding school for girls only, when its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. This feature goes way beyond patterns, and the uncertainty as to whether social conventions will triumph represents only a foretaste of what’s coming next.
Sofia Coppola has been hailed as a fashion icon. Elegance, humbleness, and minimalism are features that describe her outfits. She is consistent in creating her image that has already been recognized as a trendsetter and someone that has the courage to walk down the red carpet wearing flats.
"The Beguiled" (2017) boasts a strong cast: Colin Farrell, Kirsten Dunst and Nicole Kidman.
"I just really like her and that style of hers" Kidman says of Coppola.