Director of the week: Sofia Coppola
September 29, 2021
Today we'd like to talk about one of the most famous female film-maker Sofia Coppola and tell you more about her works and life.
Sofia was born in super creative family. Her parents were world known directors as well. Her dad Francis Ford Coppola made such recognized films as "Apocalypse Now" (1979) and "The Godfather" (1972), in which young Sofia played the role of the infant Michael Francis Rizzi. She made background appearances in seven of her father's movies and later returned to trilogy in both the second and third Godfather films. Her acting was criticized and got negative reviews, so she, unfortunately or not, ended her actress career. After this, Coppola noted she had never really wanted to be an actress and only helped her father, when he asked her.

Sofia grew up as a very versatile person. In her youth she was into fashion, photography, music, design . At the age of 15, interned with Chanel. She even started her own clothing line called Milkfed. And she had never dreamed about becoming a director. However, after making her first short film "Lick the Star" (1998), she realized it "brought together all the things [she] loved".
Feture debut of her was "The Virgin Suicides" (1999), which received many positive reviews from film critics, although some noted it contained discomforting thematic material. For second film was "Lost in Translation" (2003), Sofia won the Academy Award and three Golden Globe Awards.

Poignant rites of passage. No doubt that Sofia shows us in her movies how young woman discover who they really are. Miss Coppola has already mentioned that "My movies are not about being, but becoming". The main reason of this point of view is in the Sofia's own desire to find herself in this world.

Silences that are more powerful than words and that's true. Coppola often uses this tool to make especially heartbreaking moments. In Coppola's ending to Lost in Translation, what Bob whispers to Charlotte remains unknown to this day. Even Sofia is such a young director, she has quite a lot of knowledge and feeling of the action which help her to create and find a place under the cinematographic sun.
Here's a collection of Coppola's films:
  • The Virgin Suicides(1999)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • On the Rocks (2020)
Authors: Arina Bokach and Olga Kyvliuk