Style siren and hotshot Hollywood director Sofia Coppola is only the second woman in 71 years to bring home the Best Director award from Cannes. Recently winning for her movie The Beguiled, Sofia actually isn't just known for her influence in the film industry. She also possesses fashion pizzazz and a not-so-hidden penchant for beauty products.
Congratulations to #SofiaCoppola for winning Best Director for "The Beguiled" at the #Cannes Film Festival! (She’s only the second woman to win this award.) After two days on the film's set last December, I came away with enormous respect for her way of working with actors and overseeing a crew. The assignment was a cover story for the current issue of The Gentlewoman, a magazine I love working for it as much as I love reading it. • We’re all rooting for women to infiltrate Hollywood’s power echelons. Katherine Bigelow, for one, in films like “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” has conspicuously taken on war and terrorism, subjects that have traditionally belonged to men. But Sofia, to my mind, is making no less of a difference, even if she thinks of herself not as a crusader but as a solitary artist quietly going about her business, setting herself new assignments to master her craft, making films that feel both universal and intensely personal, as if only a woman—this woman in particular—could have made them. • Her work brings to mind Virginia Woolf’s comments on novels. “It is the masculine values that prevail,” Woolf wrote. “Speaking crudely, football and sport are ‘important;’ the worship of fashion, the buying of clothes ‘trivial.’ And these values are inevitably transferred from life to fiction. This is an important book, the critic assumes, because it deals with war. This is an insignificant book because it deals with the feelings of women in a drawing-room. A scene in a battlefield is more important than a scene in a shop—everywhere and much more subtly the difference of value persists.” Woolf was talking about the state of literature in 1928, and there’s been great progress since where novels are concerned. But how pathetic and ridiculous it seems that her remarks still apply to Hollywood nearly 100 years later. [Photo: @inezandvinoodh for @the_gentlewoman]
Having collaborated in the past with brands like Louis Vuitton for instance, Sofia is no stranger to creativity and self-expression in various fields. What people tend to forget is she's the daughter of Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola so, as they say, it runs in the family.
The filming of one of Francis Ford Coppola's past films, Apocalypse Now, with a story set in "Vietnam" actually bears a trivia nugget. As BBC mentioned, "Apocalypse Now was not actually filmed in Vietnam, but in the little fishing town of Baler in the northern Philippines." Yes, Sofia grew up for a while in the Philippines in her early years.
"I was very young, but I have nice memories of the Philippines and its people. My nanny, who raised me, was Filipino. It was such a warm culture and a beautiful place. I’d love to go back.” (Source)
In fact, in a special existing vintage recording of her as a child, her world-famous director father requested her to sing the Philippine National anthem. It was recorded on January 23, 1977—here, check out the young Sofia Coppola (click/scrub from 2:30 in the clip below) singing a portion of "Lupang Hinirang!"
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