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Sofia Coppola makes 'The Beguiled' a Southern Gothic tale all her own

Sofia Coppola makes 'The Beguiled' a Southern Gothic tale all her own

Sofia Coppola’s low-key personal style and soft-spoken demeanor can make it easy to overlook that she is among the world’s most celebrated contemporary filmmakers. Her movies float gossamer light, though anchored by a steely will — not unlike the director herself.

She won an Oscar for the screenplay to 2003’s “Lost in Translation” and received a director nomination for it as well — one of only four women ever nominated for the Academy Award for director. Her 2010 film “Somewhere” won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Her new picture, “The Beguiled,” will have its world premiere next month as part of prestigious main competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Set...

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