July 1, 2017
What makes a Sofia Coppola film a Sofia Coppola film?
Oscar-nominated director Sofia Coppola has been directing films for almost two decades and in that time has proven herself to be a true visual virtuoso. Her films are patient, subtle, and nuanced while still managing to be powerfully mysterious and perplexing—each one its own carefully crafted cinematic world that beguiles audiences with their unique and personal artistry. In this video essay by ScreenPrism, we get to see these worlds from all angles, from their visual construction to their oft conflicted inhabitants, as well as get a better understanding of the sensibilities of their creator.
A life in pictures
What many of you know is that Sofia Coppola is the only daughter of famed director Francis Ford Coppola, but what many of you may not know is that she didn’t set out to become a film director like her father. She instead got her start in the fashion industry, interning with Chanel at just 15 until she set her sights on CalArts to study painting, ultimately transitioning into photography at the Art Center College of Design.