won golden lion award

Sofia Coppola b. May 14, 1971

Coppola was born into a cinematic dynasty, the granddaughter of Oscar winning composer Carmine Coppola and the youngest child and only daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and set director and documentarian Elaine Coppola.

Coppola was brought up on the set of her father’s films and as a child appeared onscreen in many of his films. After her performance in The Godfather: Part III was widely panned she abandoned acting.

In 1994 Coppola launched the short lived TV series Hi Octane with friend Zoe Cassavetes. In 1998 she directed her first solo short film Lick the Star about teen bullying.  

Coppola directed her first feature film, an adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides in 1999. Her next film was supposed to be an adaptation of Antonia Fraser’s biography on Marie Antoinette however Coppola experienced writer’s block and began writing a side project loosely based on her life which turned into Lost in Translation. Coppola won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for her script. She was also nominated for Best Director making her only the third woman nominated in that category. She was also the first American woman nominated for Best Director and the youngest woman director nominated, a record that still holds.  

In 2006 Coppola completed Marie Antoinette which competed for the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her next feature, Somewhere, won the highest award, the Golden Lion, at the Venice Film Festival making her only the 5th woman to win that award. Her 2013 film The Bling Ring appeared in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes. In 2015 she reunited with Bill Murray, the star of Lost In Translation, for a Netflix christmas special entitled A Very Murray Christmas

Coppola’s next film, The Beguiled is scheduled to appear In Competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, making it the first time in 11 years a film of hers has competed for the Palme d’Or.


“Gun powder is Cai Guo Qiang’s calling card, as the artist behind the fireworks displays of the Beijing Olympics, having also won the coveted Golden Lion award at the Venice Biennale, Cai Guo-Qiang stands today as a bona-fide rock-start in the world of arts. From his “Explosion of Ants” to his gun powder drawings, to his monumental installations, his art is unique, and one seen it’s never forgotten.”


Happy 28th Anniversary, Maurice (James Ivory, UK, 1987): 1987 – 2015

Astonishingly, Maurice’s world-premiere anniversary has come around again! In celebration, have one of my complicated photosets. ;-) My screencaps, my new edits.

Sunday 30 August 1987: This night 28 years ago, Maurice received its world premiere in competition at the 44th Venice Film Festival (XLIVe Mostra Internationale Del Cinema, Venezia), Italy, kicking off at 9.45pm in the Sale Grande on the Venice Lido.

Maurice was lauded at Venice with a very long standing ovation (amusingly described by star James Wilby in The Story of Maurice DVD extras documentary). Two of its three unknown young stars, James (Maurice Hall) and Hugh Grant (Clive Durham), jointly won the festival’s Best Actor award. Director James Ivory won Venice’s Silver Lion; and a special award, the Golden Osella, went to Maurice’s composer Richard Robbins for his haunting – and now classic – soundtrack.

For Maurice’s probably-first-ever review (from the Italian newspaper L’Unita), click here.

As my longest-suffering followers will know, 2015 marks my fourth(!!) year of Maurice anniversary posts on Tumblr. This year’s are less ambitions than some of my past efforts – but there are a lot of earlier Maurice-anniversary exclusives and goodies in my archive. For more, see my maurice 25, maurice 26, maurice 27 and (oh yes) sands!maurice tags, and/or search on ‘favourite maurice things’…