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

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by Inkoo Kang
April 4, 2014 3:00 PM
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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.

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2 Comments

  • Truthsayer | April 4, 2014 4:34 PMReply

    Wow.This movie is so interesting.It's about bored white people in the suburbs.That hasn't been done before.Gia Coppola might be like Sofia Coppola:a one hit wonder.This just shows that when you are rich and bored,you have enough backing to make anything these days.Garbage.

  • Linn D. | April 6, 2014 8:41 PM

    @Truthsayer: You have every right to an opinion. And you have a good point that on the surface, this trailer does not imply a new and different view of the world when it appears to be another middle class, young white girl in suburbia searching for meaning. The issue of nepotism is also an intelligent point to bring up. HOWEVER, I would respectfully suggest that you discuss this while remembering that Ms. Coppola is a human being. (who I don't know) And as such, human beings deserve respect. There's no need to assume her film is garbage or a one-hit wonder - since this is her first film and it hasn't even premiered/opened yet - we cannot know that. And how do you know Ms. Gia Coppola is bored? That's awfully presumptuous of you. As a female who wants more female voices in Hollywood - I would also like us to be civil to one another. We don't have to agree or kiss-up to each other, but let's be civil. We all deserve to be treated well. Thank you.

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