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The Beguiled

Sofia Coppola
USA 2017 / 94’
Manifesto The Other Side of Hope

A beautifully filmed story about the Civil War from the women's perspective. As men shed blood on the front, a group of students, under the guidance of their teachers, Martha and Edwin, try to live a normal life. Their time is divided between learning French and good manners, as well as taking care of their daily chores. The monotony is broken up by John McBurney, a wounded soldier discovered by one of the girls while she is out picking mushrooms. The man's arrival is a big event in the lives of both the young ladies and the gentlemen: out come the dresses and the jewelry, as well as the whiskey that had been hidden away for a special occasion. The old order is shaken at its foundations, however, as those on the top rungs of the hierarchy, Martha and Edwin, are not at all pleased about all the attention being given to the new arrival. In a remake of TheBeguiled starring Clint Eastwood, Sofia Coppola (Best Director at Cannes) once again tells a story about women's sexuality being freed from the bonds of its tight corset. It is, of course, surprisingly ironic that her strong, individualized protagonists would only now be finding out about the duality of human nature.

Artur Zaborski

awards

Cannes IFF 2017 - Best Director

Sofia Coppola

Born in New York in 1971, Sofia Coppola is Francis Ford Coppola's youngest child. As an infant, she appeared in several of her father's films (including in the baptism scene in the first part of The Godfather). In 1999, she made her directorial debut with The Virgin Suicides. Her second film, Lost in Translation (2003), earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, making her only the third woman in history to be nominated (and the first American woman). Her fourth film, Somewhere won a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Filmography

1999 Przekleństwa niewinności / The Virgin Suicides

2003 Między słowami / Lost in Translation

2006 Maria Antonina / Marie Antoinette

2010 Somewhere. Między miejscami / Somewhere

2013 Bling Ring

2016 Na pokuszenie / The Beguiled

Cast & Crew

director Sofia Coppola
screenplay Sofia Coppola (based on the novel by Thomas Cullinan)
cinematography Philippe Le Sourd
editing Sarah Flack
music Phoenix
cast Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Colin Farrell, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence
producer Roman Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley
production American Zoetrope, FR Productions
Polish distributor UIP
language English
colouration colour