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50th Directors’ Fortnight May 9-19, 2018

Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola was born in New York. Her first acting role: as an infant boy in her father’s epic film, The Godfather (1972). In 2004 she became the first American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, for her movie Lost in Translation (2003). She also had small roles in his films, including Rumblefish and The Outsiders. Coppola also appeared in The Cotton Club and Peggy Sue Got Married. Her biggest role, came in 1990 when her father tapped her to play Mary Corleone in The Godfather, Part III.Sofia Coppola even married a filmmaker, director Spike Jonze whom she met while a student at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
Coppola tried her hand at painting, photography, fashion design, acting, and even hosting a show on television. In 1995 she and Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of director John Cassavetes (1929–1989), appeared on Hi-Octane, a weekly show on Comedy Central that was geared toward teens and focused on movies, fashion, and celebrities. The program was short-lived.
In 1998, she wrote, directed, and produced her first film, a short comedy called Lick the Star. In 1989 she helped her father write the script for a short film titled Life without Zoe, which was part of the anthology movie New York Stories. She also designed the costumes for the movie. Lick the Star, however, was Coppola’s first attempt at taking creative control of a film project, and, after making the movie, she declared that she had figured out what she wanted to do.In 1999, only one year later, she released her first feature-length film, The Virgin Suicides. Coppola wrote the screenplay, which was adapted from the 1993 book by American author Jeffrey Eugenides.