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Sofia got a sweet kiss on the cheek from her famous father, Francis Ford Coppola, at a Directors Guild event in February 2004.

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Sofia Coppola wore a black cocktail dress.
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Sofia Coppola wore a black cocktail dress.

Sofia Coppola at the Foxcatcher Premiere
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Sofia Coppola at the Foxcatcher premiere.

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Sofia Coppola showed off her stems on the Grace of Monaco red carpet.
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Sofia Coppola showed off her stems on the Grace of Monaco red carpet.

Sofia Coppola at the Grace of Monaco Premiere
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Sofia Coppola at the Cannes opening ceremony Grace of Monaco premiere.

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Emma Watson blew a kiss to fans on the red carpet at the premiere of The Bling Ring in 2013.
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Emma Watson blew a kiss to fans on the red carpet at the premiere of The Bling Ring in 2013.

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We can't decide what we like more — Sofia's bangles or chic little bag.

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Sofia Coppola and Marc Jacobs at the 2013 Met Gala
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Pajamas? For a white-tie affair? Go back to bed, Sofia and Marc.

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While she kept in the family business, Sofia Coppola, daughter of the celebrated director Francis Ford Coppola, has found her own success. She was the third woman to ever be nominated for a best director Oscar, thanks to her film Lost in Translation, and while her short-lived acting career inspired charges of nepotism, many critics praise her directing chops. Honorable mentions go to her hardworking family members, too, like brother Roman Coppola and cousins Jason Schwartzman and Nicolas Cage (who actually dropped the famous last name to make it on his own).

An Amazing Soundtrack
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In her past five films, Sofia Coppola has incorporated music from artists like Sleigh Bells, Al Green, The Strokes, Bryan Ferry, and even Kanye West, so there's bound to be an eclectic mix of modern and retro tunes to accompany The Little Mermaid. We can also likely look forward to a song from Phoenix — Coppola is married to the French band's lead singer, Thomas Mars.

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Malaise
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Coppola won an Academy Award for 2003's Lost in Translation, and the themes of loneliness and insomnia play a big part in the film. Movie star Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and recent college graduate Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) strike up a friendship in a hotel bar in Tokyo and bond over their general feelings of abandonment and isolation.

The mermaid herself is inherently lonely, even though she has a loving father, grandmother, and five sisters. She is obsessed with swimming to the ocean's surface, falling in love, and becoming a human with an eternal soul. With her keen way of combining frailty and courage, Coppola will likely put a gloomier spin on the mermaid's personality in order to stay true to the short story.

An Existential Crisis
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Sofia Coppola has a weird way of making melancholia look captivating. In 2010's Somewhere, Coppola tells the story of actor Johnny Marco (played by Stephen Dorff) who, despite his success, is growing listless with his life, and his 11-year old daughter Cleo (Elle Fanning) who comes to stay with him. Throughout the film, Marco deals with feelings of self-doubt and ennui, and eventually comes to reassess his life as a celebrity and father.

The Little Mermaid — who is longing for the prince and an eternal soul — goes to a sea witch and buys a potion that will give her legs (in exchange for her voice). The mermaid is warned that not only will she not be able to return to the sea as a human, but drinking the potion will make her feel "as if a sword is being passed through her." She will be a beautiful dancer, but every step she takes will feel like walking on shards of glass and her human feet will be covered in blood. The mermaid evaluates her life and ultimately decides to become a human, no matter the price. Coppola will be using special effects for the film (something she's never done before), so we're looking forward to seeing how she captures the pain, suffering, and overall uncertainty of the mermaid's big decision.

Love (and Heartbreak)
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Most, if not all, of Coppola's films explore the ups and downs of love, from the wide-eyed innocence of Lux Lisbon (Kirsten Dunst) and Trip Fontaine (Josh Hartnett) in The Virgin Suicides to the stifling marriage between Marie Antoinette (also Kirsten Dunst) and Louis XVI of France (Jason Schwartzman).

In Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, the mermaid will only remain a human if the prince falls in love with and marries her. As is often true in real life, that doesn't pan out; the prince falls for another woman and the mermaid is left heartbroken. With Coppola's dreamy aesthetic and frequent use of soft-colored filters, seeing the mermaid fall in love and get her heart broken will be sad but also beautiful to watch.

Death
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In the 1999 adaptation of Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, Coppola tells of the events surrounding the deaths of the five Lisbon sisters in 1970s Detroit. After the youngest sister, Cecelia, attempts suicide, their parents keep close tabs on the girls, leading to their isolation, depression, and ultimately, suicides.

The original Little Mermaid comes with a huge penalty; if the prince doesn't fall in love with her as a human, she doesn't just turn back into a mermaid, she dies. The caveat is, she can keep herself alive if she kills the prince (crazy, right?). In the fairy tale — spoiler alert — the mermaid can't bring herself to kill her true love and instead throws herself into the sea, and her body dissolves into foam. Needless to say, we can definitely expect some sort of dream-like death scene from Coppola.

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Sofia Coppola dropped by the afterparty.
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Sofia Coppola dropped by the afterparty.

Sofia Coppola, Dakota Fanning, and Elle Fanning
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Sofia, Anna, and the Fanning girls made a striking group at Marc Jacobs's final show for Louis Vuitton.

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Sofia Coppola photographed by Steven Meisel.

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Sofia Coppola arrived for the MoMA Film Benefit in Chanel's blouse paired with the label's Lueur d'un Soir necklace.
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Sofia Coppola arrived for the MoMA Film Benefit in Chanel's blouse paired with the label's Lueur d'un Soir necklace.

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Sofia Coppola screened The Motel Life in dark layered separates at the film's New York event.
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Sofia Coppola screened The Motel Life in dark layered separates at the film's New York event.

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Sofia Coppola made a graphic black and white arrival to the Louis Vuitton bash.
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Sofia Coppola made a graphic black and white arrival to the Louis Vuitton bash.

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Everything is better when tied with a bow. Last night, Sofia Coppola embellished her short ponytail with a barrette, keeping her makeup sweet and simple.
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Everything is better when tied with a bow. Last night, Sofia Coppola embellished her short ponytail with a barrette, keeping her makeup sweet and simple.

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Sofia Coppola came out to support her longtime friend Marc Jacobs.
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Sofia Coppola came out to support her longtime friend Marc Jacobs.

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