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People in Film | Sofia Coppola
Updated October 20, 2010
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 | Beginnings
Playing Michael Corleone’s newborn son in her father’s modern classic, The Godfather, Somewhere’s writer-director Sofia Coppola was born into the movie business. Growing up in an extended family of moviemakers, actors, and film professionals, film was all around her. Asked once in an interview about the stresses of that life, she revealed that she was never separated from her dad because of his work, even accompanying him on the arduous Apocalypse Now shoot when she was only four. “Actually,I was in the Philippines with him,” she told Salon. “He wasn’t absentee at all. I didn’t think it was normal, but it was exciting. You always had lots of creative people around, and my parents took us everywhere. I got exposed to so many different cultures and people. I mean, I got to go to Kurosawa's house as a child.”