A woman of her time
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