Sofia Coppola: Filmmaking Is a Family Affair

Sofia Coppola said she and her movie-making relatives are all one big happy family -- and not in "The Godfather" kind of way, the filmmaker said last night.

In a coversation with actor Stephen Dorff and New York Times film critic Jason Zinoman at a Time Talks event midtown Wednesday night, the daughter of Oscar-winning "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather" filmmaker Francis Ford said her film-filled childhood inspired her latest work “Somewhere.”

“I remember going on trips with my dad and he would take us into film festivals, and it was so different than our real life and over-the-top, so I put that in when writing those scenes,” Coppola said.

The 39-year old director said she “went into worlds that kids usually don't get to see” as a child, adding that her legendary filmmaker father used to like to write in casinos because they were open 24 hours.

“I grew up watching him on set, and I definitely learned a lot,” she said.

“Somewhere,” which won the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival, is about a single movie star who finds himself taking care of his 11-year-old daughter.

Coppola, who won awards for films “The Virgin Suicides” and “Lost in Translation,” said she was close with her brother, Roman, who leads family production company American Zoetrope and produced the movie.

“He helped me make the movie I wanted to with a small crew, and we're close,” she said. “It's really nice to have your big brother helping you out with projects.”

Contact Us