Being the daughter of one of the most acclaimed directors of all time must be no easy task, however, Sofia Coppola has made a name and a cinematic and very unique style for herself. It was recently announced that she will be responsible for bringing to the big screen in the flesh reinterpretation of the story of The Little Mermaid. Starring by Emma Watson, many speculations have been made about what we can expect from this film scheduled for 2015, but a look back at her career may answer some of these questions.
Sofia, now 43, began her career as an actress, in the films of her father Francis Ford Coppola. Her acting career ended suddenly and realized that it was behind the scenes where she belonged. The short film Lick the Star (1998) was her first production. A year later appeared her first feature film The Virgin Suicides. This film became her creative roots and strengthen from the beginning of her career as a good director. Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides and starring by Kristen Dunst, the film tells the story of a group of guys obsessed with the life of the five Lisbon sisters. After a break in 2003 came her most acclaimed film, Lost in Translation, which earned her Oscar nominations for best director and best picture. Marie Antoinette in 2006, Somewhere in 2010 and The Bling Ring in 2013 were her next films. Something that characterizes Sofia, is that from a very early found her voice and cinematic style, which has maintained since its inception. This style is based on misunderstood and nostalgic, dreamy, rebellious and out of reality young women… looking for a place in the world. So are the stars of Coppola’s films. Her films speak of the problems of adolescence and youth, excesses, grief, and how to face the world. Another key element of her style, aesthetics and photography is using, and also complements these themes: natural and romantic landscapes, against light, soft and dreamy images in light and pastels colors, and above all, very feminine. If we consider how is the original story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid (without Disney’s happy ending), Coppola is the perfect director for this project, as it is a story that will allow to create a dramatic aesthetic, all the characteristic ethereal and fantastic elements of Sofia, and also for exploring the inner emotional world of a young protagonist. What we will see on the big screen will be a closer story to the original, with a soundtrack of bands like Phoenix or Air, with relentless and very visually appealing aesthetics count. Surely, it will be something different, that will surely amaze us.