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04.17.09 14 Comments

Oh my gosh, you guys, this is so awesome I almost spilled espresso on my scarf when I read it: Sofia Coppola is doing a movie about the Chateau Marmont! I can’t wait to tell everyone at the food co-op!

The writer-director who shot her “Lost in Translation” at the Park Hyatt in Tokyo, will set her next film at the iconic Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning [yes, Dakota’s sister] will star in the Focus Features dramedy “Somewhere,” which Coppola penned. Story centers on a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life. The filmmaker, who said she has been looking to make “an intimate story set in contemporary Los Angeles,” received permission to shoot at the hotel, which has become notorious in recent years as a popular address for tabloid-friendly celebs. [Variety]

I already know how this will go down: a collection of dreamy party scenes that will seem funny at first, but with a creeping sense of decadence.  Then, just when we start to really hone in on the protagonist’s pathos, he’ll share a long, meaningful glance with his daughter and the movie will end.  It will deny you catharsis, but that was, like, the point.  She really wanted to challenge the audience, you know?  I loved how she totally, like, resisted the temptation to cheapen the emotions with “plot.”  It wasn’t all “slick” and “Hollywood.”  She really nailed the subtleness and the nuance.

[picture source = lookatthisf* – thanks, Burnsy]

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