A woman of her time

ELLE (Malaysia) - - WATCH SPECIAL -

Sofia Cop­pola is back with her muchan­tic­i­pated sev­enth film, The Be­guiled, for which she won the best di­rec­tor award at this year’s Cannes Film Fes­ti­val. And now she’s been given carte blanche in the cre­ation of a com­mer­cial film to cel­e­brate the re­launch of Cartier’s Pan­thère watch. Your new movie is an adap­ta­tion of the novel The

Be­guiled. Don Siegel pro­duced a film adap­ta­tion in 1971 – why did you de­cide to do a re­make? My pro­duc­tion de­signer, Ann Ross, called me and she said, “You should see The Be­guiled and you should do a ver­sion of it.” I never thought I would make a re­make, but I watched it and it just stayed in my mind. Then I started to read the book and I thought it’d be in­ter­est­ing to do the movie but from the point of view of the fe­male char­ac­ters, the women. The story is very much about the power be­tween man and woman, which is al­ways a univer­sal topic. Would you de­fine your­self as a fem­i­nist? I feel like that word is used so much now, and in a loaded way. But of course I be­lieve in equal rights. I hope I’m par­tic­i­pat­ing in the con­ver­sa­tion. I feel like it’s im­por­tant to have more fe­male points of view in the world of art and film. Which women in­spire you? Jane Cam­pion was a big in­spi­ra­tion to me when I was younger. I was around so many ma­cho male direc­tors and to see her mak­ing strong films from a fem­i­nine point of view made a big im­pres­sion on me. do you take the same ap­proach to Film­ing a com­mer­cial as to film­ing a movie? It’s dif­fer­ent be­cause it’s more ab­stract. You don’t have to have all the obli­ga­tions that come with a film, a plot and story. So there is more free­dom in do­ing a com­mer­cial where it just has to evoke a mood and be, hope­fully, beau­ti­ful.

1. Pan­thère de Cartier watch in white gold with di­a­monds, RM610,000, Cartier 2. Pan­thère de Cartier watch in pink gold and black lac­quer, RM125,000, Cartier 3. Pan­thère de Cartier watch in white gold with di­a­monds, RM127,000, Cartier 4. Pan­thère de Cartier watch in pink gold with di­a­monds, RM119,000, Cartier

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