Thursday, May 30, 2013

The American Cinematheque Presents an Evening With Sofia Coppola In Person

The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica has added a double feature on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, with a special guest - Sofia Coppola, director of the upcoming film, THE BLING RING. The evening will consist of a double feature of Coppola's 2003 film LOST IN TRANSLATION starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson as travelers in Tokyo and her feature film directorial debut THE VIRGIN SUICIDES with Kirsten Dunst.

Sofia Coppola will appear in person at the Aero.
With five very diverse features to her credit, Sofia Coppola is among the most fascinating filmmakers working today. The daughter of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, she got an early start in the movies as an actress, but soon gravitated to the other side of the camera. As a writer-producer-director, Sofia Coppola has explored such themes as youth, glamour and loneliness with both sensitivity and visual flair.

The remarkably assured THE VIRGIN SUICIDES demonstrated Coppola's rapport with both veteran and younger performers, a skill put to even more impressive use in LOST IN TRANSLATION, for which she became the first American woman nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. The director reteamed with star Kirsten Dunst for the dazzling MARIE ANTOINETTE (2006), a film energized by Coppola's love of fashion, Paris and alternative rock, while SOMEWHERE (2010) casts a knowing eye on the high life of Hollywood. Based on actual events, the upcoming THE BLING RING follows a group of young burglars (including Emma Watson) who target the rich and famous.

The double feature begins at 7:30 PM. The discussion with Sofia Coppola is between films.

The films screening include:
 2003, Focus Features, 105 min, USA, Japan, Dir: Sofia Coppola
Two Americans cross paths one night in a luxury hotel bar in Tokyo. Bob (Bill Murray, never better) is a movie star shooting a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. A box office hit, LOST IN TRANSLATION was nominated for four Oscars, earning one for director Sofia Coppola's Best Original Screenplay.

1999, Paramount, 97 min, USA, Dir: Sofia Coppola
For her feature directorial debut, Sofia Coppola adapted the Jeffrey Eugenides novel of adolescent repression and rebellion in an upper-class Detroit suburb in the 1970s. A group of local boys are mesmerized by the mysterious Lisbon sisters, who are kept on a short leash by overprotective parents James Woods and Kathleen Turner. When one of the girls (Kirsten Dunst) strikes up a relationship with one of the guys (Josh Hartnett), it sets in motion a chain of events that ends in tragedy.

The Aero Theatre is located at 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403. Tickets are on sale at the box office or on

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