Sofia Coppola Makes History At Cannes 2017 With ‘The Beguiled’

Sofia Coppola Is The Second Women In History To Win Best Director At Cannes

As the results pour in from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, history is made. Sofia Coppola took home the Best Director award for her film ‘The Beguiled‘. This makes her the second women to win Best Director at Cannes, the first being Russia’s Yuliya Solnteva in 1961. Sofia Coppola also wins the Best Director Award before her father, the legendary Francis Ford Coppola. Although, he has two Palme d’Or Awards under his belt.

While her film didn’t nab the coveted Palme d’Or Award, this is still a great sign for ‘The Beguiled‘ when it heads into Oscar season. Sofia Coppola’s eighth film is one of only four United States films to make into competition this year, the others being ‘Good Time‘, ‘Wonderstruck‘, and ‘The Meyerowitz Stories‘. Look for those films to be contenders at the Academy Awards, as ‘The Meyerowitz Stories‘ is getting Adam Sandler Oscar buzz.

After a fairly weak outing with ‘The Bling Ring‘, ‘The Beguiled‘ seems like more than just a return to form for Sofia Coppola. This film feels like a shift that could her turn her career into a new direction. A war drama is new for Coppola and only her second period-piece but it seems to be winning people over. Her Best Director win also comes at a time when female directors are making waves so this keeps up the momentum.

“At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women have been sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.”

The Beguiled‘ stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. It’s based on a Thomas P. Cullinan novel and follows a 1971 version. Sofia Coppola serves as the writer and director for the film.

What do you think of this historic win? Will you check out ‘The Beguiled‘?

Let me know in the comments below!

EJ Moreno
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