The Director’s Chair: Sofia Coppola

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Sofia Coppola may be the daughter of one of the most successful and respected directors in the world, but she has quite a list of notable achievements on her own.

Photo by Thomas Laisne via The Guardian

Sofia was born on May 14, 1971 to parents Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola in New York City. Aside from her parents, some members of Sofia’s family were also part of the American film industry: her grandmother Carmine Coppola was a composer; her brothers Roman and the late Gian-Carlo were a film producer and a director, respectively; film executive August Coppola was her uncle; actress Talia Shire is her aunt; and actors Nicolas Cage, Jason Schwartzman, and Robert Carmine are her cousins.

After graduating from high school, Sofia attended the Mills College and the California Institute of the Arts but dropped out eventually. More, she was said to have interned at the fashion house Chanel.

Sofia as Mary Corleone. Photo via Wordpress

Sofia has been exposed to filmmaking ever since she was an infant. She appeared in her father’s “The Godfather” trilogy; first as the “baby at baptism,” then as “child on ship,” and replacing Winona Ryder as the character Michael Corleone’s daughter Mary in the third film.

Before deciding to end her acting career in 1992, which was said to have been caused by criticisms directed at her performance on “The Godfather Part III,” Sofia also had bit roles in some of her father’s movies such as “The Outsiders” (1983), “Rumble Fish” (1983), and “Peggy Sue Got Married” (1986), in addition to eight more films including “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” (1999). The ‘90s saw the future filmmaker appeared in a few music videos, and was also featured in some magazines for young girls. In 1998, she and her friend founded the clothing line Milkfed, which is now being sold only in Japan.

Movie still from ‘The Virgin Suicides’ via Tumblr

Sofia’s directorial debut was the short film “Lick the Star” released in 1998. The following year, she made her first feature film “The Virgin Suicides” which premiered in North America at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival.

Movie still from ‘Lost in Translation’ via Pics to Pin

Her second film “Lost in Translation” (2003) was a huge success. It won numerous awards from different award giving bodies for film, including the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. She also holds the distinction of being the youngest and third female director to have been nominated for an Academy Award for Directing. More, Sofia was the third in her family to win an Oscar after her grandmother Carmine and father Francis, thus making the Coppolas the second three-generation Oscar-winning family after the Huston family.

‘Marie Antoinette’ movie still via Wordpress

The 2006 biopic “Marie Antoinette” is Sofia’s third feature film, which debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. It garnered mixed reactions from critics from around the globe.

Movie still from ‘Somewhere’ via Phil on Film

In 2010, Sofia’s “Somewhere” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. There, it was awarded the Golden Lion, or the festival’s equivalent of best overall film. It was subsequently released in Italy, North America, France, Japan, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.

‘The Bling Ring.’ Photo via Stuff Point

Sofia’s latest film, “The Bling Ring”, premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. It was warmly received by both the critics and the viewing public.

A well-rounded director, Sofia had also directed four music videos for The Flaming Lips, Air, Kevin Sheilds, and The White Stripes, as well as advertisements for Christian Dior, and H&M.

All information in this article were sourced from Wikipedia.

Like this article? Check out our articles from the The Director’s Chair and the Friday Movie Flashback series in the Lomography magazine!

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written by chooolss on 2013-10-25 #the-bling-ring #lifestyle #somewhere #the-directors-chair #the-godfather #marie-antoinette #lick-the-star #film #lost-in-translation #director #the-virgin-suicides #sofia-copolla

3 Comments

  1. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    Know her since The Godfather. I love Lost in Translation. Great feature! :D

  2. holgardo
    holgardo ·

    I really liked The Virgin Suicides; a beautiful, funny and tragic at the same time, tale of coming of age.
    Lost in Translation it's a monster. It touched me deeply in so many ways.

  3. rbruce63
    rbruce63 ·

    I've seen quite a few of her directed movies and of special note was Lost in the Translation, besides she is a gorgeous young lady,

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