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People in Film | Sofia Coppola
Posted October 20, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Sofia Coppola"
A closer look at Sofia Coppola, the writer-director of Focus Features’ Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.
Sofia Coppola | Tokyo Song
With her second feature, the beguiling story of a young American woman visiting Tokyo and her not-quite-romantic relationship with an older actor staying at her hotel, Sofia Coppola became only the third female director to be nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. In Lost in Translation, Coppola’s ability to create mood and portray the dreamy, slightly melancholy contemplation of her lead characters was married to a simple but deeply resonant tale of friendship in a foreign land. Scarlett Johansson plays Charlotte, the girlfriend of a photographer (Giovanni Ribisi) on assignment in Tokyo, who explores the city with Bob (Bill Murray), a mid-life crisis-stricken movie star. Murray gives a touching, hilarious, and times honestly painful performance that cannily plays off the actor’s real-life persona. Of Charlotte, Coppola told Anne Thompson in Filmmaker Magazine, “It’s narcissistic. I relate to her. I liked her demeanor; she’s understated, not extroverted and hyper. There’s a part of me in that character. She’s in her early 20s, having a breakdown, like the girl Franny in Franny and Zooey. It’s a culmination of different stages of my life in that character.” Said Johansson, “Sofia bleeds through the character — her ironic sense of humor, that feeling of being lost and disillusioned and trying to figure out what direction you want to take with your life.” In addition to her Best Director nomination, the film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Original Screenplay, which Coppola won. The critics were rapturous, and in his New York Times review, Elvis Mitchell saw a common thread in Coppola’s work. “In the handful of films she has done – including her short, Lick the Star – Ms. Coppola has shown an interest in emotional way stations. Her characters are caught between past and future – lost in transition. Perhaps her films are a kind of ongoing metaphorical autobiography, but no matter. The important point is that there's a lot up there on the screen, plenty to get lost in.”