A visually beautiful and tonally subtle mix of comedy, drama, and love story at its most soulful, Lost in Translation is the last film in our four-title retrospective of the films of Sofia Coppola.
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay – making Sofia Coppola only the third woman to ever win the award – Lost in Translation was also rewarded over 90 international film awards, including the Movie of the Year award from AFI, and the Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture of the Year awards from Film Independent Spirit Awards. Written and directed by Coppola, the story follows an unhappy American actor, played by Murray, who finds himself accepting a large sum of money to appear in a commercial that’s shooting in Japan. Culture shock soon sets in as he finds himself to be a big fish that’s completely out of the water. He then meets a young woman named Charlotte, played by Johansson, who shares his overall dissatisfaction for her current situation, and the two of them decide to go off and explore Tokyo. But will their immediate connection turn into something more?
Sofia Coppola claimed that much of the soundtrack consisted of songs that she “liked and had been listening to,” and she also worked with Brian Reitzell, the film’s music supervisor, to create “Tokyo dream pop” mixes. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, Lost in Translation is a remarkably mature, unapologetically stylish work of art.
Written and directed by Sofia Coppola | 104 minutes | 2003 | Rated R
Sunday, March 24 – 5pm, 7:30pm
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“There is real magic afoot in Lost in Translation—the sort that is created not at the wave of a wizard’s wand, but by the coming together of two wayward souls.” – Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
“Although Translation is only [Coppola’s] second feature, she already shows signs of being a sensei, as the Japanese call a master.” – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
“One of the purest and simplest examples ever of a director falling in love with her star’s gifts.” – Elvis Mitchell, New York Times