Sofia Coppola's THE BEGUILED
The Virgin Suicides, Melancholia and Lost in Translation have become a distant memory, so we're happy to share with you the new trailer for Sofia Coppola's most recent cinematic endeavor, The Beguiled.
Like the ’71 version starring Clint Eastwood, The Beguiled is set in a Confederate girls’ boarding school during the American Civil War, where things are turned upside down by the arrival of a wounded Union soldier, John McBurney (Colin Farrell, taking over for Eastwood). Nicole Kidman plays Martha Farnsworth, the school’s headmistress. Kirsten Dunst plays Edwina Dabney, a school teacher. Elle Fanning plays Alicia, a student. All three women develop a relationship with their new guest/hostage, leading to a twisted tangle of big emotions that culminate with everyone turning on one another.
Despite the period-film trappings, the story has a dark undercurrent of dread and violence. “I haven’t really done a genre film,” Coppola said in an Entertainment Weekly interview. “It was fun to figure out how to approach that but still [keep the film] in my style, and to have this kind of beautiful, dreamy world that I like — but with a plot!”
“The main crux of the story is about the dynamics between a group of women all stuck together, and then also the power shifts between men and women,” she explained in the same interview. “So for me, it’s very universal, but it’s in this exotic setting of the Southern gentility.”
That also means amping up the Southern gothic style, from the overgrown gardens to the pale floral dresses. “It’s just trying to create that atmosphere, so you can feel these long, hot days when not much is happening,” she says. “I liked that [the costumes] had been washed a million times and left out in the sun. It just felt very feminine, almost like they were ghosts left behind.” And although all that faded Southern elegance was a bit of a departure, Coppola dove in with relish. “Just girls in white nightgowns and candelabras was really fun for me. So I was like, ‘Well, we have to have that.’”
The Beguiled will hit theaters on June 23. Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Oona Laurence (Pete’s Dragon), and Addison Riecke also star.
The whole set-up looks sexy and disturbing.
Check out the trailer below: