After releasing a teaser trailer back in August last year, it seemed that everyone had forgotten about Gia Coppola‘s debut feature Palo Alto. The film played at various film festivals, in Venice most notably, and is based on short stories by James Franco. Franco also stars in the movie as a supporting character. Emma Roberts is clearly the lead of the film, which looks to be a coming-of-age story about bored high schoolers. Also co-starring in this movie is Val Kilmer and other Coppola family friends (and relatives).
The music for the film was composed by Devonté Hynes and Robert Schwartzman and if the trailer is any indication of the quality of the soundtrack I’d say it’s going to be a solid one. It’s interesting how both Gia and Emma are nieces of more established names, Sofia and Julia respectively. Before anyone speaks of nepotism: Early reviews and word of mouth for the movie are positive and this trailer seems to confirm that this might be a really good film. Also this movie was not financed or produced by American Zoetrope (Francis Ford Coppola‘s studio).
This first trailer for Palo Alto reminds me a lot of Sofia Coppola’s early work actually (Lick the Star and The Virgin Suicides). I guess high school and youth and coming-of-age are a family obsession, because both Sofia and Francis have directed their fair share of those. The film will open in select theaters all around the US starting May, 9th and should be available on VOD for everyone in this summer, which is perfect because this seems like a film you want to see in the summer. In the meantime check out the trailer and let me know what you think.