This week’s Spotlight is dedicated to the Sofia Coppola film “The Bling Ring” which was released to the cinemas on June 21st 2013. The plot of the film is based on a true story where fame obsessed teenagers, the so-called “Bling Ring gang”, use the Internet to find out the celebrities whereabouts in order to rob their homes. The film had its premier at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 where it opened the section ‘Un Certain Regard’.

The director and producer of the film: Sofia Coppola, is not a new emerging star. She has already received 2003 the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film ‘Lost in Translation’ and was even nominated for the Award for Best Director in 2010 (only the third woman ever). In 2010, she received the Golden Lion for the film “Somewhere”.

 The ‘The Bling Ring’ is a film that is incredibly fascinating because it discusses and judges the wealth of the rich and famous who live a completely different life to the rest of society. However, it is interesting to see that the teenagers in the film do not steal from the rich to sell their expensive possessions in order to gain money, but rather to copy and experience their lifestyle and place themselves in this abnormal and unique world that is only open to the rich and famous.

The film is starring many successful actors including Emma Watson, who ÉCU recently published a spotlight article about. Emma Watson plays the character of Nicki which is closely based on the television personality and aspiring model Alexis Neiers who was part of the “Bling Ring” burglaries in 2009 and targeted houses of Orlando Bloom, Lindsay  Lohan, Rachel Bilson, Paris Hilton and Ashley Tisdale, Paul Oakenfold and Audrina Patridge. She tweeted that she was happy and excited to see Emma Watson play her character, but that she would never wear the wardrobe Watson was put in during the film.

The film also presents the final work of Harris Savides, probably the greatest American cinematographer of the past 15 years who sadly died while the film “The Bling Ring” was in post-production and the film is therefore dedicated to him and his work!

Sofia Coppola’s uniqueness in filmmaking and directing interests ÉCU very much and furthermore it is important to witness and to analyse Harris Savides last work!

Anna-Louisa Werner


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