Sundance Babes: Women Directors–Coppola, Sofia

Sofia Coppola is the director, writer, and producer of Marie Antoinette, which world premiered at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Coppola won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and received nominations for Best Director and Best Picture for her second feature, Lost in Trasnlation, which world-premiered at the 2003 Venice Film Fest, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as two lonely Americans in Tokyo.

Coppola also won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Director and won Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards, among numerous other honors.

Coppola grew up in Northern California, and after doing costume design on two feature films, she studied Fine Art at California Institute of the Arts.

She then wrote and directed the short film Lick the Star, which had its world-premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Coppola’s feature film directorial debut was The Virgin Suicides, in 1999, which she adapted from Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same name.  The movie starred Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, and Kathleen Turner.

A world premiere at the Cannes International Film Fest, the film subsequently earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.