by Sofia Coppola
When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla's long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame.
Sofia Coppola has written and directed her eighth film “Priscilla” based on the memoir Elvis
and Me by Priscilla Beaulieu Presley. The film stars Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, is
produced by Coppola, Youree Henley and Lorenzo Mieli and will be distributed in the US by
Coppola made history in 2017 as only the second woman to win the Best Director prize at
the Cannes Film Festival, and the first woman to win since 1961 for her film, “The Beguiled,”
starring Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell.
Coppola’s directorial debut was “The Virgin Suicides” (1999) which she adapted from
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel of the same name. The movie starred Kirsten
Dunst, Josh Hartnett, James Woods, and Kathleen Turner. With a world premiere at the
Cannes International Film Festival, The Virgin Suicides subsequently earned her the MTV
Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.
Coppola’s next film, “Lost in Translation” (2003), for Focus Features, screened at the
Toronto, Venice, and Telluride Film Festivals. The movie brought her the Academy Award
for Best Original Screenplay as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Director and
Best Picture. Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson won BAFTA Awards for Best Actor and Best
Actress, respectively, among many other honors that the cast and crew received
Her third feature as writer/director, “Marie Antoinette,” (2006) was based in part on
Antonia Fraser’s biography Marie Antoinette: The Journey, and had its world premiere at
the Cannes International Film Festival. The movie, which Coppola also produced, starred
Kirsten Dunst in the title role. The film’s costume designer, Milena Canonero, won an
Academy Award for her work on the picture.
“Somewhere” (2010) was shot at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. She wrote,
directed and produced the movie, which stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. It premiered
at the 67th Venice Film Festival, where it was honored with The Golden Lion.
Her next film, “The Bling Ring,” (2013) based on true events, followed a group of teenagers
on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills, with an ensemble cast
starring Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, and Katie Chang.
“A Very Murray Christmas” was released by Netflix in December 2015. Coppola wrote,
produced and directed the film in which Bill Murray rounds up an all-star cast for an evening
of music, comedy and good cheer in this homage to classic holiday variety shows.
Most recently she wrote and directed “On The Rocks” (2020) starring Rashida Jones, Bill
Murray and Marlon Wayans. The film follows a young mother who reconnects with her
playboy father on an adventure in New York and was the first co-production between A24
She serves as producer on “Fairyland” based on the critically acclaimed book by Alysia
Abbot, directed by her friend Andrew Durham.
In addition to her film career, Sofia directed a production of Verdi’s classic, “La Traviata” at
the Rome Opera House, for which she has teamed up with fashion designer Valentino
Garavani and production designer Nathan Crowley. In 2022, she created a room for the
Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”
Coppola grew up in Northern California and studied Fine Art at California Institute of the
Written and directed by Sofia Coppola
Director of Photography: Philippe Le Sourd
Costume Designer: Stacey Battat
Editor: Sarah Flack
Production Designer: Tamara Deverell