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Sofia Coppola Talks About a Detail in Her 20-Year-Old Film “Lost in Translation”

today19 September 2023


The 2023’s Venice Film Festival saw multiple cinematic ventures from celebrated filmmakers, including renowned  filmmaker Sofia Coppola. Her notable works include The Virgin Suicides, Marie Antoinette and the 2003 release Lost in Translation.

The latter, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, tells the story of two people who strike an unlikely connection in a foreign country. It stars Bill Murray as a jaded movie star and Scarlett Johansson as a college graduate.

Coppola reveals that her children addressed the age gap between the leads, in which Murray was 52 and Johansson was 17.

“I don’t know. I’m not going to think about it. I was just doing my thing at the time it was made,” Coppola said in an interview. “Part of the story is about how you can have romantic connections that aren’t sexual or physical. You can have crushes on people where it isn’t that kind of thing. Part of the idea was that you can have connections where you can’t be together for various reasons because you’re at different points in life.” 

If you have some time this weekend, let’s sit back and re-watch this lovely piece and enjoy Coppola’s filmmaking and touching story of love, life and feeling lost — all the emotions that one can experience, whether you are 52, or 17.

*Cover image via Focus Features/Tohokushinsha Film

Written by: Farah Qistina