Sophia Coppola

2017 Filmmaker on the Edge |

PIFF annually presents the Filmmaker on the Edge award to a film artist whose outstanding achievement, innovation, and vision continue to push the boundaries of the medium throughout their body of work. Past honorees include John Waters, Christine Vachon, Gus Van Sant, Todd Haynes, Jim Jarmusch, Mary Harron, Gregg Araki, Todd Solondz, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Maddin, Darren Aronofsky, David Cronenberg, and Ang Lee.

Over the past 18 years, Sofia Coppola has become one of America’s most singular filmmakers, often creating dream-like filmscapes that transport viewers to strange-yet-familiar worlds. Her storied career as a feature writer, director, and producer began with The Virgin Suicides. With a world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, The Virgin Suicides subsequently earned her the MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker.

Coppola’s next film, Lost in Translation solidified her position as one of the industry’s most distinctive and exciting filmmakers. The movie brought her the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as well as Academy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Picture.

With her next three features, Coppola continued to grow as an artist through a variety of canvasses: the retelling of France’s iconic but ill-fated queen in Marie AntoinetteSomewhere, shot at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, exploring the relationship between a Hollywood actor and his daughter (winning the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, The Golden Lion); and The Bling Ring, based on true events, which followed a group of teenagers on a thrilling and disturbing crime-spree in the Hollywood Hills. Coppola’s latest film, The Beguiled, is adapted from Thomas Cullinan’s novel of the same name and stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell. The film, which Coppola directed, wrote and produced, world premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and will be released in June 2017.

It’s with great pride that we honor Sofia Coppola as the Provincetown International Film Festival’s 2017 Filmmaker on the Edge.