Written: SOFIA COPPOLA
Director: SOFIA COPPOLA
Coppola, who wrote and directed Somewhere, says the Johnny character had been knocking around in her head for some time, and the birth of her own child gave her the idea to add the daughter dimension. Coppola chose Stephen Dorff for the lead because he wasn’t a household name. She wanted an actor who did not compete with his own persona. She also kept the budget relatively small so she could retain complete creative control. She says if you put your heart and soul into something you have to protect it. Somewhere may be a small budget movie, but it is getting some big buzz. It won the Golden Lion Award for Best Picture at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, and will be released in time to qualify for Academy Award consideration.
Filmed entirely on location, Somewhere reunites the writer/director with Lost in Translation editor Sarah Flack and production designer Anne Ross. Stacey Battat (Broken English) is the costume designer, and Harris Savides (Elephant) is the director of photography. Somewhere will be released by Focus Features in select cities on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010; and in additional cities throughout January 2011.
IMAGE: Stephen Dorff (left) and Elle Fanning (right) star in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, a Focus Features release. Photo Credit: Merrick Morton