Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola

Director of 'The Virgin Suicides' (1999)

Background:

Sofia Coppola instantly cemented a reputation as a skilled filmmaker through her
drama comedy Lost in Translation (2003), featuring Scarlett Johansson and Bill
Murray. With her straight-on illustration of the main character’s viewpoint, the
daughter of Francis Ford Coppola quickly brought in numerous awards, including
an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Writers Guild America Award.

Formerly starting out as an actress, Coppola received some criticism for her
portrayal of Mary Corleone in her father’s movie The Godfather: Part III (1990),
in which she took home two Razzie Awards. She then appeared in some music videos
before eventually focusing on filmmaking with the mystery drama The Virgin
Suicides (1999, won a Young Hollywood Award and an MTV Movie Award). Coppola
recently revived the teenage years of the titular French figure in Marie
Antoinette (2006), which received mixed reviews but earned a Cannes Film
Festival’s Cinema Prize.

Apart from her film work, Coppola also pursued her interest in fashion by
designing movie costumes and by opening her own clothing line, Milk Fed. The
trendsetter in the L.A./New York young hipster scene once had her name embossed
on a bag designed by Marc Jacobs, called “The Sofia Bag.”

As for her romantic life, the ex-wife of Spike Jonze (1999-2003) developed a
special relationship with moviemaker Quentin Tarantino soon after her divorce.
Now, she is expecting a baby from her recent bond with French vocalist Thomas
Mars.


Domino Coppola

Childhood and Family:

On May 14, 1971, Sofia Carmina Coppola was born in New York City to director
parents Francis Ford Coppola (born on April 7, 1939) and Eleanor Coppola (born
on May 4, 1936). She has two brothers, Gian-Carlo (born on September 17, 1963,
died of a boating accident in May 1986) and Roman Coppola (born on April 22,
1965, director). Growing up in the studio spotlight, Sofia is the granddaughter
of actor Carmine Coppola (born on July 11, 1910, died on April 26, 1991) and the
cousin of actors Robert Schwartzman, Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage, and the
niece of Talia Shire.

Sofia, who at age 11 adopted the stage name “Domino,” attended St Helena High
School in Napa Valley, during which she interned with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel.
She then studied Photography at the Mills College in Oakland and took a painting
course at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

On June 29, 1999, Sofia exchanged wedding vows with director Spike Jonze (born
on October 22, 1969), but the couple separated on December 9, 2003. She was then
linked to filmmaker Quentin Tarantino (born on March 27, 1963) and the singer of
a French band named Phoenix, Thomas Mars. She is now pregnant with Thomas’
child.


The Virgin Suicides

Career:

A year after her birth, Sofia Coppola appeared on screen in the climactic
baptism scene in her father’s film The Godfather (1972, unaccredited), as baby
Michael Francis Rizzi. She also appeared with an unaccredited role in the next
Godfather movies, The Godfather: Part II (1974) and the miniseries “The
Godfather Saga” (1977). Several years later, Coppola (billed as “Domino”) was
seen in her father’s adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s novel The Outsiders (1983) and
Tim Burton’s short film Frankenweenie (1984, as Anne Chambers). She also took
the supporting role of Nancy Kelcher in the romantic comedy Peggy Sue Got
Married (1986) and appeared as Noodle in the drama Anna (1987).

In 1989, Coppola did not gain positive reviews for her contribution to the “Life
without Zoe” segment in the drama comedy New York Stories (1989), in which she
co-wrote the screenplay with her father. The harsh criticism continued after she
carried out the role of Mary Corleone in The Godfather: Part III (1990), where
she took home two Razzie awards, one for Worst New Star, one for Worst
Supporting Actress.

The costume designer for The Spirit of ‘76 (1990) then appeared in Madonna’s
“Deeper and Deeper” (1992) and The Black Crowes’ “Sometimes Salvation” (1992)
music video before playing Cindy in the comedy Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)
and hosting lifestyle magazine series “Hi-Octane” (1994, also produced), which
was directed by future husband Spike Jonze. Still working with Jonze, she
appeared in The Chemical Brothers’ clip for their song “Elektrobank” (1997).

Gradually withdrawing from acting, Coppola co-wrote and directed her first
project, the short drama Lick the Star (1998). Amid her gig in George Lucas’
Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999, as handmaiden Sache), Coppola
also served as the cinematographer for the short comedy Torrance Rises (1999,
also appeared as herself).

The same year, the new filmmaker rose to eminence with the mystery drama The
Virgin Suicides (1999), her self-directed/written movie adapted from Jeffrey
Eugenides’ novel. With its stirring chronicle of the life of sisters protected
by their strict parents, Sofia won a Young Hollywood award for Best Director and
an MTV Movie award for Best New Filmmaker. Coppola, who in 2001 appeared as a
mistress in her brother’s film CQ, next executive produced the sport action
series “High Octane” (2002) and the self-created drama series “Platinum” (2003).

Coppola had a hit on her hands with the release of her second feature, the drama
comedy Lost in Translation (2003, starring Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray),
in which she served as the producer, writer and director. Coppola harvested
dozens of awards, including an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a Writers Guild of
America award for Best Screenplay. She was also nominated for Oscar’s Best
Director and Best Picture, Golden Globe’s Best Director, and Directors Guild of
America’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film.

Recently, Coppola released her third directing attempt, the
self-produced/written Marie Antoinette (2006), starring Kirsten Dunst and Jason
Schwartzman. Although being sneered as “the Americanization of French history”
at the Cannes screening, the movie granted its maker a Cinema Prize of the
French National Education System from the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.


Awards:

Cannes Film Festival: Cinema Prize of the French National Education
System, Marie Antoinette, 2006
Robert Festival: Best American Film, Lost In Translation, 2005
Fotogramas de Plata: Best Foreign Film, Lost In Translation, 2005
French Syndicate of Cinema Critics: Best Foreign Film, Lost In
Translation, 2005
Bodil: Best American Film, Lost In Translation, 2005
César: Best Foreign Film, Lost In Translation, 2005
Oscar: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Lost In
Translation, 2004
Golden Globe: Best Screenplay - Motion Picture, Lost In Translation,
2004
Writers Guild of America: Best Original Screenplay, Lost In Translation,
2004
Central Ohio Film Critics: Best Screenplay - Original, Lost In
Translation, 2004
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, Lost In Translation,
2004
Chlotrudis: Best Director, Lost In Translation, 2004
Chlotrudis: Best Screenplay - Original, Lost In Translation, 2004
Satellite: Best Screenplay - Original, Lost In Translation, 2004
Florida Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay, Lost In Translation, 2004
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: Comedy Film Honor - Best First Time Comedy
Director, Lost In Translation, 2004
U.S. Comedy Arts Festival: Comedy Film Honor - Best Screenplay, Lost In
Translation, 2004
German Film: Best Foreign Film, Lost In Translation, 2004
Online Film Critics Society: Best Screenplay - Original, Lost In
Translation, 2004
Guild of German Art House Cinemas: Foreign Film, Lost In Translation,
2004
Independent Spirit: Best Director, Lost In Translation, 2004
Independent Spirit: Best Feature, Lost In Translation, 2004
Independent Spirit: Best Screenplay, Lost In Translation, 2004
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists: Best Director - Foreign
Film, Lost In Translation, 2004
National Board of Review: Special Achievement Award, Lost In
Translation, 2003
Athens International Film Festival: Golden Athena, Lost In Translation,
2003
Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Director, Lost In Translation, 2003
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Director, Lost In Translation, 2003
Seattle Film Critics: Best Director, Lost In Translation, 2003
Seattle Film Critics: Best Screenplay - Original, Lost In Translation,
2003
Southeastern Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay - Original, Lost
In Translation, 2003
São Paulo International Film Festival: Critics Award - Best in
Competition, Lost In Translation, 2003
Toronto Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, Lost In Translation,
2003
Valladolid International Film Festival: Best New Director, Lost In
Translation, 2003
Venice Film Festival: Lina Mangiacapre Award, Lost In Translation, 2003
Young Hollywood: Best Director, The Virgin Suicides, 2001
MTV Movie: Best New Filmmaker, The Virgin Suicides, 2001
Razzie: Worst New Star, The Godfather: Part III, 1991
Razzie: Worst Supporting Actress, The Godfather: Part III, 1991
Acting isn't for me. I don't like being told what to do. I'm more interested in set design, more visually driven.More Sofia Coppola quotes [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Thats the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.More Sofia Coppola quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think I'm always drawn to projects that help me understand something about myself.More Sofia Coppola quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Everyone in my family is in the film business; I knew I wanted to be creative and it was important in my family to be artistic.More Sofia Coppola quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A lot of young filmmakers bring their movies to my dad because he always gives lots of good editing ideas and notes. He'd be a good film professor.More Sofia Coppola quotes [10/05/2011 01:10:10]

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