Sofia Coppola takes insider's look at Hollywood A-lister

Fri Sep 3, 2010 9:08am EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

VENICE (Reuters) - Sofia Coppola's latest movie is a Hollywood insider's look at the life of an A-list actor -- five star hotels and Ferraris, adoration and sexual advances, but also loneliness, tiresome media attention and boredom.

"Somewhere" is part comedy and part examination of a man's personal crisis, as Johnny Marco, played by Stephen Dorff, is finally forced to face the question of where a life so enviable on the surface is ultimately heading.

The daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola and an Oscar winner for her screenplay of "Lost in Translation" was in a rain-drenched Venice on Friday for the new film's world premiere.

Like Lost in Translation before it, much of the action is set in a hotel -- this time the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, a well known hangout for Hollywood glitterati, where Marco takes up residence following the breakdown of his marriage.

"We spent a lot of time going out, living in hotels when we were on location with my dad, so I always find when you are living in a hotel it's like a world in itself," the 39-year-old said after the film was warmly applauded at a press screening.

"I like hotels for settings, they are an impermanent place. A lot of the characters I am interested in are in a moment of transition and it seems fitting that they would be in an impermanent setting."

Coppola added that she wanted "to tell the story from a guy's point of view, something about the emotional life of men who are different for me."

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<p>Sofia Coppola, director of the in-competition film "Somewhere", poses for photographers during a photocall at the 67th Venice Film Festival September 3, 2010. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi</p>