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WATCH: Dreamy New Trailer for Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto,' Starring James Franco and Emma Roberts

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! April 1, 2014 at 4:13PM

A new trailer has landed for first-time filmmaker Gia Coppola's darkly wistful new teen drama "Palo Alto," based on James Franco's book of short stories.
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Palo Alto

A new trailer has landed for first-time filmmaker Gia Coppola's darkly wistful new teen drama "Palo Alto," based on James Franco's book of short stories of the same name.

A dark high school drama in "Kids" mode centered on a group of teens with a penchant for trouble, this ensemble indie centers on shy April (Emma Roberts), the class virgin who's also a frequent babysitter for her soccer coach (James Franco), with whom she's negotiating an affair. Jack Kilmer, son of Val, plays an introspective artist secretly carrying a torch for April. Nat Wolff and Zoe Levin costar.

Gia Coppola's angsty suburban nightmare, with notes of Bret Easton Ellis and even aunt Sofia, premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival to acclaim. Tribeca Film will release the film stateside in select theaters on May 9th. It is also headed to the San Francisco International Film Festival in April.

This article is related to: San Francisco International Film Festival, Trailers, Trailers, Video, Palo Alto, Gia Coppola, Emma Roberts, James Franco


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.