This year’s Cannes was historic. Sofia Coppola won Best Director at the Cannes film festival, and for the first time after 1961, a female filmmaker has won it. Including her, only two female filmmakers have won this award till now. Critics have stated this is probably Sofia’s best directorial venture so far. Deadline quoted that ‘The Beguiled’ got a five minute standing ovation after it’s screening at the Cannes.
The movie is set during the Civil War and is about the sexual tensions that start to go about in a boarding school when a wounded Union soldier walks in for shelter. The film is based on Thomas Cullinan’s 1966 novel and the Don Siegel 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood. This one is however is from a different perspective when compared to the ‘71 film as it has been told from the feminist point of view. The movie is slated to released on the 23rd of June.
Sofia Carmina Coppola is infact an Academy Award winning director. She won the Oscar for Best Screenplay for her second feature film, Lost in Translation (2003). This year’s Cannes really made a name for her and it must be definitely said the art runs in her genes. Sofia Coppola is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, the director of the well-known and iconic Godfather series. She herself made a few appearances as a child in the movies.
‘The Beguiled’ stars prominent actors like Colin Farell, Nicole Kidman, Kristen Dunst and Elle Fanning. This is the third time Sofia is working with Kristen. Nicole Kidman’s acting is supposedly so good, talks are it could land her a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars.
Check out the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s thriller ‘The Beguiled’