Sofia Coppola has always struck me as very cool. And I was so happy that she won the best director category in Cannes this year for The Beguiled - the second time ever a woman won this award. I knew I wanted to write about her, so I watched the movie a couple of days ago with a friend. Interesting was that my friend had just seen Wonder Woman and was very disappointed that the character was ditzy - not at all the strong amazonian, independent-thinking woman she had expected. Ironically Coppola's film, whose leading ladies couldn't be more proper and lived in a time (the Civil War) and place (the Deep South) less open for female power, is actually much more feminist. These women blow you away! Of course the cast is incredible (including Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning - however the little girls are big scene stealers here), but the way these characters carry themselves and make daring choices in their pastel, corsetted, rushed long dresses is impressive, empowering and unexpected. It's so much fun to watch - and the whole movie is gorgeous. I read a bunch of interviews with Sofia, and she said that she always creates a moodbook before every film - I'd love to see them! I put some links at the end of the article with the best articles I've read.