Sofia Coppola

BATD ON Apr 07, 2010 AT 5:34 pm

Sofia Coppola

We all know nowadays that it is not what you know, but who you know. In Sofia’s case she has mastered both.

Being born into a Hollywood showbiz family; Coppola is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now) and cousin to actors such as Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman. Plus, she was also married to Spike Jon (famous for directing Being John Malkovich and last summer’s Were The Wild Things Are) so it’s no surprise that she has found success in the movie business.

Sofia acted as a child and had small appearences in her father’s films, with her biggest role being in The Godfather III as she played Mary Corleone. A performance which actually earned her a Golden Raspberry Award for worst new star so it’s no surprise she decided to move in a different direction.

She wrote and directed a few short films, with the help of daddy, but it was The Virgin Suicides (1999) that showed her talent. The film starred James Woods, Kathleen Turner, Kirsten Dunst and Josh Hartnett (sporting a rather sexy 70’s hairdo). Sofia adapted Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel of the same title and when interviewed,Eugenides stated he was happy with her interpretation and the film did well, but not as well as her second; Lost In Translation (2003) which earned her an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

The tag-line for the film was ‘everyone wants to be found,’ and it was during this project that Sofia found her calling. The film starred Bill Murray and Scarlett Johanson and focuses on lonliness, alienation and culture shock as two strangers finds themselves brought together by the daunting crowding of Tokyo’s streets. Surprising to know that even though the film did so well, it was filmed in only 27 days.

Marie Antoinette was Sofia’s next project; a bio-pic of the pre-French Revolution Queen, most famous for NOT saying ‘let them eat cake’! Even though it is still the only film to ever be filmed at Versailles, it had mixed reviews because she focused less on the facts, played with the history and made a pop-video connotation of a mis-understood monarch (played by Kirsten Dunst). Although one aspect of the film that did stand out, was its soundtrack.

In fact in all her movies, Sofia treats the music as if it was as important as the actor in the main role. Using bands such as Air, Bow Wow Wow, The Strokes and The Jesus & The Mary Chain, she is able to bring a dream-like quality to the screen, portraying the mood of her pieces perfectly.

The wait to see if she can do it again is nearly over as her next project, Somewhere, is released later this year.

The film stars Stephen Dorff, Benicio Del Toro and Elle Fanning (Dakota’s younger sister), and is said to be inspired by her relationship with her father. A Hollywood bad-boy receives a visit from his 11 year old daughter which challenges his lifestyle, forcing him to change.

Somewhere is set to be a big hit at the box office so keep checking in for updates in its release at the end of the summer. 

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