A new Coppola filmmaker is born with her feature film debut Palo Alto. Gia Coppola focuses on the lives of a handful of teens as they surge through their adolescence by trying to avoid it as much as possible. Adapted from a series of short stories by James Franco of the same title.
More film info can be read as follows (via Biennale):
“An unflinching take on teen angst and adult ineptitude, Palo Alto is from first-time helmer Gia Coppola. Teddy, April, Fred and Emily use booze, marijuana and sex to get through the turmoil of adolescence.
I first met James Franco shortly after graduating from college. I had shown him some of my still photography and we got to talking about his book, PALO ALTO Stories. It had been a long time since I had read or seen anything about teenagers that I liked or felt was realistic. When I read PALO ALTO Stories, the different teenage voices felt honest and true, conveying the aimlessness and vulnerability of being young: the funny conversations, pent-up crushes, the dumb mistakes. I looked to movies, photographs, and music for inspiration. From The Outsiders to The Virgin Suicides, The Last Picture Show, Diner, and American Graffiti; these movies are lifelike and not perfectly plotted. I always knew that I also wanted the camera to remain still. I wanted the composition and color of each shot to look like the photographs of my college mentor, Stephen Shore, who shoots everyday scenes. Once we started PALO ALTO and I got to really know the kids – Jack Kilmer, Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff and Zoe Levin – they would tell me what they thought was cool or not cool. Ultimately, the film took its course and what I had originally envisioned transformed into something of its own. Making a movie is a lot of problem solving and being a first time director is a lot like being a teenager: your skin breaks out, you’re awkward, insecure, and hot-headed. I have been— and continue to be—lucky that James Franco trusted me with his book. He has been incredibly supportive, allowing me the freedom to interpret and adapt his stories while helping me face the challenges of filmmaking. Thank you, James.”
Watch the first trailer for the feature down at the bottom of this page.
Trailer for PALO ALTO.