Premiering at the 70th Venice Film Festival, Gia Coppola‘s debut feature Palo Alto is based on the short stories by James Franco (who also stars in the movie). In line with the Coppola family tradition the film is about a group of teenagers and Emma Roberts seems to be the protagonist of the story. Looking at this trailer it is not clear what the story is about, but there are some distinct The Perks of Being a Wallflower vibes going. The musical choices are reminiscent of Sofia Coppola’s films, making it almost seem like an unofficial sequel to The Virgin Suicides.
Personally I look forward to this film, or anything the Coppola family does, except for the ones that change their last name (kidding! kind of). Gia is the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, so that makes her Sofia and Roman’s niece. Her father was Gio Coppola, he died at the age of 22 in a car accident and the film Tucker: The Man and His Dream was dedicated to him (because he loved automobiles). If you want more details about that check out the Coppola family tree on Wikipedia, I know it helped me out more than once.