Sofia Coppola is one of the most talented filmmakers of all time. Her films are unique in the most beautiful sense and have some of the most visually stunning sets and cinematography in cinema. It is fair to say that her movies have a style of their own, something she has made uniquely hers. Some most notable works are The Virgin Suicides, Marie-Antoinette, The Beguiled, and most recently, Priscilla. Outside of these, one of her most beloved works has to be Lost in Translation.
The film became extremely critically acclaimed, even being nominated and winning several Academy Awards. What is unfortunate to find out is that during the premiere of this movie, Coppola had an unfortunate experience that was related to her then-husband, Spike Jonze.
Sofia Coppola Had a Bad Experience at the Premier of Lost in Translation
Sofia Coppola did an interview with Rolling Stone, for her recently released movie, Priscilla, where she talked about one of her most iconic movies, Lost in Translation. Since the movie came out in 2003, many have associated the main couple of the film, played by Scarlett Johansson and Giovanni Ribisi, as the filmmaker and her husband Spike Jonze respectively. Interestingly enough, add the premier of this movie, the filmmaker had a very unfortunate experience, thanks to Michel Gondry, a friend of Jonze.
“He apologized to me about that,” Coppola said about Gondry. “He scolded me at my premiere, but he apologized. I think he was being a good friend. He thought he was defending Spike, but he was putting me down at my premiere. It came out of him trying to be a good friend to Spike.”
Coppola explained that during this premier, she was scolded by Gondry, who was trying to show support for her then-husband. She explained that though he apologized for this, she still felt like he was putting her down at the premiere of a very important film for her.
Sofia Coppola Cannot Look Back At This Relationship
Since then, Sofia Coppola and Spike Jonze have split, divorcing the same year that Lost in Translation came out. 10 years later, Jonze, who is also a filmmaker, released the highly adored film, Her. The movie is about a depressed man who gets involved with artificial intelligence software, after getting recently divorced. many have speculated that this is a direct response to Coppola’s 2003 movie.
The main character has been played by Joaquin Phoenix, and his ex-wife has been played by Rooney Mara. Interestingly enough, however, the AI software has been voiced by Scarlet Johansson, who appeared in both movies. During this interview, Coppola revealed that she has never watched this movie.
“I never saw it! From the trailer, it looks the same too,” Coppola said. “We have the same production designer. But I haven’t seen it. I know people really like that movie, but I haven’t seen it. I don’t know if I want to see Rooney Mara as me [laughs].”
She explained that she had seen the trailer and recognized that it looked a lot similar to her style, considering they do have the same production designer, however, she could not bring herself to watch it. She joked that she didn’t know how she would feel, seeing Mara play as herself. Despite this, she understands that this movie has received immense critical acclaim.