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Trailer Watch: Gia Coppola Makes Her Directorial Debut with Palo Alto

Women and Hollywood By Inkoo Kang | Women and Hollywood April 4, 2014 at 3:00PM

Palo Alto could provide a breakout role for Emma Roberts.
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Still from "Palo Alto"
Still from "Palo Alto"

Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola, makes her directorial debut with Palo Alto, a loose adaptation of James Franco's short-story collection. 

Franco co-stars as Mr. B., a high-school soccer coach who seduces Emma Robert's character April. Though some critics have called April a breakout role for Roberts (We're the Millers), it's hard to get a strong sense of her from the trailer. April's definitely flattered by Mr. B.'s attention -- they even share a kiss -- so it'll be interesting to see how their relationship plays out. 

But April's also attracted to Teddy (Jack Kilmer), a fellow student who gets into a lot of suburban shenanigans, like setting things on fire and mouthing off to cops. 

Palo Alto will play at Tribeca Film Festival and open May 16.

This article is related to: Emma Roberts, Gia Coppola, Women Directors, Palo Alto, Trailers


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