With six highly diverse features to her credit, Sofia Coppola is among the most fascinating and original filmmakers working today.
“Forget the audience and make what you want to see.” – Sofia Coppola
The daughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, she got an early start in the movies as an actress, but soon gravitated to the other side of the camera. As a writer/producer/director, Sofia Coppola has explored such themes as youth, glamour and loneliness with uncanny sensitivity, effortless cool and a distinctive visual flair. Her remarkably assured debut, The Virgin Suicides (1999), demonstrated Coppola’s rapport with both veteran and younger performers, a skill put to even more highly-acclaimed use in Lost in Translation (2003), for which she became the first American woman ever nominated for a Best Director Academy Award (also winning that year’s Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay). The director reteamed with her Virgin Suicides star Kirsten Dunst for the dazzling Marie Antoinette (2006), a film energized by Coppola’s love of fashion, Paris and alternative rock, while Somewhere (2010) cast a knowing eye on the high life of Hollywood, and the fact-based The Bling Ring (2013) followed a group of young burglars who target the rich and famous. Coppola’s latest, the upcoming The Beguiled, is an unusual thriller set in a Virginia girl’s school during the Civil War, and is also is her first remake (of a 1971 Don Siegel film starring Clint Eastwood), further demonstrating her remarkable range and unpredictability as a filmmaker. This April, The Loft Cinema is proud to present a sampling of the incredible, eclectic and always surprising cinema of Sofia Coppola!