girls on film: inward facing girl.
guest post by melanie biehle of inward facing girl.
victoria and i share some common interests, including how much we love sofia coppola. i’ve admired sofia’s work ever since I saw the virgin suicides, and have always been impressed by the number of creative things that she does so well. this talented woman writes, directs, photographs, and designs clothing and handbags for louis vuitton. her sense of style is impeccable.
before becoming the filmmaker that most of us know best, sofia wanted to be a magazine editor or art director. she’s always loved fashion, and even interned for karl lagerfeld in paris while she was in her teens. later in life she guest edited the december 2004/january 2005 issue of paris vogue, and she makes creative short films for high fashion brands like dior.
in 1998 sofia co-wrote and directed a short film called lick the star. even back then she chose to share her creative point-of-view through the lives of young female characters. this one features the tables being turned on a high school mean girl who formed a devious plan based on the cult-classic v.c. andrews novel flowers in the attic. i know, right? you’re welcome.
sofia is the queen of creating a mood. when you see the dreamy “magic hour” shots in the virgin suicides you can feel the heaviness of teenage girlhood. the silent wandering of scarlett johansson’s character in lost in translation feels like a young woman searching for direction in her life. marie antoinette’s boredom with ritual is palpable, and the brilliant intro of the seemingly never ending circling car in somewhere feels like a merry-go-round of going nowhere.
if i ever get to have my dream coffee date with sofia coppola, i’m sure we’ll become fast friends. at least i hope so. she’s so cool. for more of my shenanigans, visit me on inward facing girl. thanks for having me, victoria! xo
– melanie biehle of inward facing girl.