Whether acting on screen or directing behind the camera, Sofia Coppola has been involved in the film industry ever since she was just a baby. Her first appearance was actually as a baby boy in her father, Francis Ford Coppola’s, acclaimed trilogy The Godfather. She returned to act in The Godfather II and The Godfather III playing the character Michael Corleone’s, daughter. Coppola’s acting career is greatly due to her father and her family members films since the majority of her appearances are in their works.
Coppola found her true niche not in acting, but in filmmaking. Looking back, she accredits her knowledge of filmmaking from being on set with her father, observing him work and talking to people he worked with. Coppola always felt comfortable on set and would often spend hours there after school and in the summer.
Her first film was a short film released in 1998 called “Lick the Star”. “Lick the Star” is a 14 minutes black and white detailing the plan of four schoolgirls who slowly poison their fellow schoolboys lunches with arsenic. Her first feature film was “Virgin Suicide”s (1999) based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides. Coppola had always loved the novel and felt a sense of protection for its film adaptation so she decided to write her own screenplay as an exercise for herself and when she showed it to producers they decided to use it. Her second feature was “Lost in Translation” (2003) in which Coppola won the Academy Award for her original screenplay (making her the first woman ever to be nominated and winner in the category) and three Golden Globe Awards. She is still surprised at how much people enjoyed and related to this film since it was primarily based on an indulgent version of her own personal time spent in Japan. Her most glamorous over-the-top film yet was “Marie Antoinette” (2006) that received strong mixed reviews from boos to standing ovations. “The Bling Ring” (2013) is her most recent film, starring Emma Watson and was featured in ÉCU spotlight last year. Coppola films subject matter that naturally interests her and therefore her work has this sense of thoughtful perfection and intrinsic pride to viewers.
Coppola’s filming style can also been seen in advertisements for Dior H&M and Marc Jacobs. She is currently in pre-production for her film “Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father”. Outstanding filmmaking seems to run in the Coppola family and Sofia is keeping the family tradition alive. Her career moves on two different industries that Sofia connects together: the two passions of her life influence each other and merge, those are cinema and music. She put the greatest attention in the choice of the music for her films and she also appeared in some pop music videos. The role of women in both music and cinema needs to be studied in deep because today the field still sees the prevalence on men in the executive roles. If this topic interests you and you would like to know more about the situation of women working in the film and music industry, ÉCU gives you the opportunity to attend an interesting workshop held by Tonya S. Holly. Tonya is the owner of Cypress Moon Studios and she will talk about the barriers and keys to success and develop action points. You can find more HERE.