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Director / CrewSofia Coppola, writer and director of THE BEGUILED. AMA!

Jun 23rd 2017 by Sofia_Coppola • 37 Questions • 96 Points

I’m Sofia Coppola, writer and director of the new film THE BEGUILED, which opens in theaters today. I’ve also written and directed Lost in Translation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6iVPCRflQM) and The Virgin Suicides (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3q2YzKp138).

Ask me anything!

Watch the trailer of The Beguiled: https://youtu.be/_r_FSRbuZ9Y

Proof: https://twitter.com/beguiledmovie/status/877556090409369600

Thank you so much for all the wonderful questions and feedback. I hope you go see The Beguiled in theaters this weekend.

Q:

Is there a movie you wanted to write/direct, but didn't? The one that got away, if you will?

A:

No. I'm happy with the choices I've made.


Q:

I have read that many actors and especially actresses have said that you have a great ability to create a supportive environment on set, how do you create that?

A:

I think its important that everyone, especially the cast, feels safe and a calm atmosphere. No yelling. I love to play music on set.


Q:

What was it like working with Netflix? What do you think of the state of the film industry regarding cinema vs home ent/demand streaming?

A:

I think it is great that we have access to so many films now through streaming. I really love the experience of seeing films in theaters though. I really hope people see the film with friends since it is really fun to see in the theater together. We also shot on film so it will look great on the big screen!


Q:

Hi Sofia! I hope you're not too tired with all the press tour and congratulations on the positive reviews!

Any chance you will ever grace us with the sexy Colin Farrell calendar? Asking for a friend ;)

A:

Thank you! Yes, I really need to get on that!


Q:

What did bill Murray whisper in lost in translation?

A:

haha I love how Bill Murray answers this question. He always says it is between the two of them!


Q:

I just started studying cinema and you're my biggest inspiration. Do you have any advice for me?

A:

Thank you! I think it's important to tell the stories you want to see and make the films you feel aren't being made. And to express your personal experience. Don't take no for an answer.


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Hi Sofia! You have no idea how much you inspire me. What is your favourite thing about working with Kirsten Dunst?

A:

Thank you! I love working with Kirsten. She is smart, funny and so intuitive as an actress. She knows how to convey the characters I have in mind.


Q:

So, why the pink wig in Lost in Translation? Love it!

A:

I remember when I would go to Tokyo in my 20s to do karaoke with friends. Everyone would drink sake and wear wigs to add to the experience.


Q:

Hi! Thanks for doing this AMA.

What were your favorite movies as a child?

A:

I loved The Thief of Bagdad by Michael Powell. I loved Sixteen Candles and Purple Rain.


Q:

What inspired you to soundtrack Marie Antoinette with 80s new wave music?

A:

That period reminded me of New Romantic era - the way they looked at the 18th Century and I wanted to capture the playful approach.


Q:

You got a great triple-threat for this movie - Nicole Kidman, Kisrsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. What was your favourite memory of them when shooting The Beguiled?

A:

We had a lot of fun hanging out on the porch of our location - just chatting and hanging out.


Q:

What was it like working with Scarlett Johansson? She played Charlotte in ways that came across as gentle, timid, sweet yet pained and frustrated all at the same time.

A:

I love how she portrayed that character who was at a point in her life trying to find her way.


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What is your screenwriting process like, do you plan methodically or just jump straight in?

A:

In an original script I start by making notes until they start to come together and make enough of a story to make a film out of it.


Q:

Hi Sofia, I watched The Beguiled in Cannes last month, loved it. Any comments on that mesmerizing last shot?

A:

Aww thank you! I wanted to end with a strong image to leave the audience thinking about the story.


Q:

Hello Sofia,

Just curious, are there any contemporary artists working in other mediums (be it music, painting, writing (apart from Eugenides), etc.) that really resonate with you on a creative and/or personal level?

A:

Yes definitely. I like photographers and painters. I love Elizabeth Paton and Rachel Feinstein.


Q:

What are some of your favourite ways to seek inspiration? I love the dreamy, soft pastel vibes of your work. It takes me to another world. 🌸

A:

That's so nice to hear. I look at a lot of photo references and art. You never know where you'll find inspiration.


Q:

What counts as an "underrated" film to you? :~)

A:

I thought Under the Skin didn't get as much attention as it deserves.


Q:

Im seeing Phoenix at Nos Alive on 6th of July, any chance of you coming?

A:

I'm not sure I'll be there but I'm excited to see their summer tour.


Q:

What challenges do you find as a woman writer/director that not many people would think about?

A:

I think every film is challenging for most directors but I'm determined to get my point across. I think it's more of a challenge to get stories made with the female characters at the heart of them but I'm hoping that's changing now with Wonder Woman doing well.


Q:

How incredible are your family gatherings? Food and wine must be off the charts good.

A:

Yes, there is really good food & wine! It's fun being from an Italian family and the focus is on eating.


Q:

I know it will be hard to pick, but what would be your favorite Phoenix song?

A:

It's hard to pick but I love the song Honeymoon which made me have a crush Thomas.


Q:

What do you write on? E.G equipment/ software?

A:

I take notes on a notepad and I use Final Draft on my laptop Air. I find Final Draft really encouraging since it starts to look like a script right away.


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A:

I'd be interested to do a documentary. I don't know what but it's a forum I enjoy watching. I'd be too scared to write a novel. I like writing screenplays because it's not the final format.


Q:

Sofia! Hi! I know you have an affinity for fashion. What do you think are some wardrobe basics every woman should have? <333

A:

I think they're pretty straightforward. Jeans, a good t-shrt, a little black dress and a button-down shirt.


Q:

Is there anything in your life, personally/professionally, you always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance/time to do yet?

A:

I have always wanted to go to India. I have never been!


Q:

Did you happen to watch the Japanese film Your Name? I am a fanboy of this title and I'm asking you because, well, you made a film (which I also love) in Japan.

A:

No I haven't heard of it but I'll look out for it.


Q:

Just wanna say "the Virgin Suicides" is so underrated and one of my favorite movies.

How would you describe your experience on "the Godfather part III" and do you plan on acting anymore ?

A:

Thank you about "Virgin Suicides." It was interesting for me to see them making the film but I prefer to be behind the camera.


Q:

Do you still use your Contax T3, to take photos around the set or just your everyday life?

A:

Yes, I do! I love that camera. I love taking snapshots on film.


Q:

Hi Sofia,

What's a movie you and your father like to watch together?

A:

We'll watch any movies. He likes all types of movies.


Q:

What drew you to making The Beguiled?

A:

I thought it was an interesting story of a group of women isolated from the rest of the world and encountering a man after not being around one for a long time.


Q:

Hi Sofia! I'm Drew- a film student in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Why do you think your films have such a strong place within the gay community? Why do you think your work appeals to this demographic.

A:

I'm happy to hear that. I have a lot of friends within that community and I think about them when I make my films.


Q:

Lost in Translation is a movie with an incredible moody atmosphere. It's so unique in that aspect. Did you had that in mind while writing it, or did it shape up that way while directing it?

A:

When I thought about that story I thought about what it felt like in Tokyo. I was always there when I was jetlagged so I wanted it to have that dreamy quality in it.


Q:

Do you ever watch your own movies if they come on TV?

A:

I do! I don't ever sit down to watch them. But when they do come on it's fun to be reminded of that time in my life.


Q:

Have you ever seen The Way Way Back?

A:

No I haven't seen it.


Q:

What did you think about 20th century women?

A:

I did! My producer worked on it and I am friends with Mike Mills. I loved seeing that movie!


Q:

Hi Sofia! Do you feel a special connection with Italy? If so, has it influenced your movies, as well as latest Phoenix album? And how?

A:

I think there's such a great film history there. I'm proud to be connected to that culture. I love Fellini.


Q:

Would you ever consider doing another short film in the future? Director's tend to only stick to features but you have an eclectic reach: a "Jack-of-all-Trades," if you will? :~)

A:

Sure! I haven't thought about it but it would be fun to do something short.