Fresh off her landmark best director win at this year’s Cannes Film Festival — only the second woman in the fest’s history to have snagged the esteemed honor — Sofia Coppola was on hand Monday night at the festive premiere of Focus Features’ “The Beguiled,” held at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood.
“Beguiled” stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Addison Riecke, and Emma Howard were all on hand for the screening and celebration, along with producer Youree Henley and executive producer Fred Roos.
For Fanning, shooting the Civil War period drama on location in Louisiana was a “fun” experience — except, perhaps, for the constricting costumes.
“The costumes were just amazing — except for the corsets,” she joked. “Those were no fun.”
But Coppola was precise and daring in her vision, and the cast and crew raved about her directorial prowess.
“When you’re producing, you wear a lot of hats and spin a lot of plates, and when you’re doing it with people like Sofia it makes it all worthwhile,” said Henley, who’s worked with Coppola as a producer and line producer on her previous features “The Bling Ring” and “Somewhere.” “With Sofia, you can really trust what the end result is going to be. You respect someone like her as an artist and as a human being.”
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Following the screenings guests sipped champagne and sampled “Beguiled”-themed hors d’oeuvres at the after-party at Sunset Tower.
Quentin Tarantino mingled with Tim Roth by the hotel pool, and later discussed the artistic differences between Coppola’s adaptation of the Southern Gothic novel and director Don Siegel’s 1971 version, which starred Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page.
“Sofia was very faithful to the first film,” Tarantino said. “But she also took things out of the first one — there was a dream sequence in the middle of Siegel’s film — that you just didn’t need. She knew you didn’t need that. She was very smart about that.”
Additional celebrity guests included Coppola’s cousin Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, Molly Shannon, Ben Lee, Ione Skye, “Shameless” actress Emma Kenney, and Courtney Love with daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
“The Beguiled” opens in New York and Los Angeles on June 23, and goes nationwide on June 30.