14 Women Directors We Love

The Hollywood Reporter is featuring Sofia Coppola in it’s special Cannes Film Festival Guide. In an article called “Sofia Coppola: The Trials, Tears and Talent” Stephen Galloway allows us to spend some time with Sofia who has been missing from the film scene since the lackluster reviews of Marie Antoinette.

Sofia will be debuting a new film at Cannes. Bling Ring is based on the true crime spree story that thrilled and shocked the California socialite scene in 2010.

The article continues to talk about Sofia’s creative process, including what her life is like when she is not filming.

“While not shooting or with her two girls (Romy, 6, and Cosima, almost 3) or accompanying her husband on tour, Coppola spends much of her time in an office near her apartment, writing when the mood strikes, responding to e-mails when it doesn’t. She acknowledges that writing is “difficult,” even though she never has directed a movie with a screenplay by someone else.”

Sofia is in good company with this kind of multitasking schedule as she is one of a number of hard working women directors.

14 Women Directors We Love

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    Women Directors We Love

    These female directors have been at the helm of some of the best films of our generation. You may not have realized one of your favorite films just happened to be directed by a woman. 

     

    Image Credit: Still of Sofia Coppola in Somewhere from IMDB

  • Catherine Hardwicke 2 of 14
    Catherine Hardwicke

    What you don't want to miss:

    Red Riding Hood

    Twilight

    Thirteen

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Kimberly Peirce 3 of 14
    Kimberly Peirce

    What you don't want to miss:

    Boys Don't Cry

    Stop-Loss

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Jane Campion 4 of 14
    Jane Campion

    What You don't want to miss:

    Holy Smoke

    The Piano

     

    Jane wrote and directed a new miniseries that is airing now on Sundance called Top of the Lake. The drama, starring Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter, investigates the disappearance of a 12 year old girl.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Mimi Leder 5 of 14
    Mimi Leder

    What you don't want to miss:

    Deep Impact

    Pay it Forward

     

    Some of your favorite recent episodes of Nashville and Smash have been directed by Mimi.

     

    Image Credit: IMDB

  • Lisa Cholodenko 6 of 14
    Lisa Cholodenko

    What you don't want to miss:

    High Art

    Laurel Canyon

    The Kids Are All Right

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Jennifer Yuh Nelson 7 of 14
    Jennifer Yuh Nelson

    What you don't want to miss:

    Kung Fu Panda 2

    In pre-production on Kung Fu Panda 3 

     

    Kung Fu Panda 2 was a trail blazer for women directors for 2 reasons: Yuh is the first woman to solely direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio, and this film is the most financially successful one for a film directed by a woman.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photo

  • Kathryn Bigelow 8 of 14
    Kathryn Bigelow

    What you don't want to miss:

    Zero Dark Thirty

    The Hurt Locker

    K-19: The Widowmaker

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Sofia Coppola 9 of 14
    Sofia Coppola

    What you don't want to miss:

    The Virgin Suicides

    Lost in Translation

    Marie Antionette

     

    Image Credit: PR Photo

  • Phyllidia LLoyd 10 of 14
    Phyllidia LLoyd

    What you don't want to miss:

    Mamma Mia!

    The Iron Lady

     

    Also famous for directing productions in British Theatre and Opera.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Julie Taymor 11 of 14
    Julie Taymor

    What you don't want to miss:

    Frida

    Across the Universe

     

    In 1997, Taymor directed The Lion King onBroadway, for which she also co-designed over a 100 costumes and masks of animals, and earned two Tony Awards.

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Penny Marshall 12 of 14
    Penny Marshall

    What you don't want to miss:

    Big

    Jumping Jack Flash

    A League of Their Own

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Claire Denis 13 of 14
    Claire Denis

    What you don't want to miss:

    Chocolat 

    35 Shots of Rum

     

    Image Credit: PR Photos

  • Nancy Meyers 14 of 14
    Nancy Meyers

    What you don't want to miss:

    What women want

    Something's Gotta Give

    The Holiday

     

    Image Credit: thefilmstage.com

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