'The Beguiled' is the latest project from acclaimed filmmaker Sofia Coppola, and made her only the second woman ever to win the Best Director prize at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. In this exclusive interview, Sofia explains why she decided to step behind the camera in the first place, so many years ago.
One book can make a difference!
It sure did for the Oscar holding director Sofia Coppola.
She is a daughter of the famous film director Francis Ford Coppola, and the rest of her family is also Hollywood's royalty - her mother is director Eleanor Coppola, Sofia's brothers are Roman Coppola and Gian-Carlo Coppola, and her cousins are Nicolas Cage, Marc Coppola and Christopher Coppola.
But, she says that one book turned her towards the movies - Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides. Coppola made a film of the same name in 1999, and that was her directorial debut.
After that came Lost in Translation (2003) for which she was nominated for 3 Academy Awards, and Coppola won one - for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
In 2006, Coppola filmed Marie Antoinette, then Somewhere (2010) and The Bling Ring (2013).
Her latest movie is The Beguiled (2017), that tells the story of a girl's school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world. When the wounded Union soldier seeks their aid, everything changes. Nicole Kidman, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning are starring in this movie, that is based on the novel by Thomas Cullian.
The Beguiled was filmed in 1971 by Don Siegel, with Clint Eastwood in leading role.
Sofia Coppola wanted to tell the same story, but from the women's point of view.