Filmmaker Sofia Coppola received many a boos last night when her most recent film, Marie Antoinette, was shown at a press screening at the Cannes Film Festival last night.Â But the daring moviemakerÂ has kept her head above the sometimes sticky jeering to remain strong and passionate about her work.
CoppolaÂ states, “It’s better to get a reaction, it’s better than a mediocre response.Â Hopefully some people will enjoy it. I think it’s not for everybody.”Â
Marie Antoinette stars Kirsten Dunst, who also appeared in Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, & British actor Steve Coogan.Â Sofia admits she found the Cannes press screening to be “disappointing”, she insists that she always knew the film would provoke debate.Â
Dunst said, “I like the movie and I’m really proud.”
Coogan added, “When you make something that’s personal and specific it’s inevitable that there will be some naysayers, and it’s better to have that than just have a bland uniform response.
“I think it shows that Sofia is true to her voice. I’ve seen the film and it’s consistent with all the qualities that make her films great in the past. People who like Sofia Coppola will love this film. People who don’t won’t but then they’re not really under her radar anyway.”
Marie Antoinette premiers in Cannes this evening.Â Hopefully the story of itsÂ reception will be less tragic than that ofÂ the French Queen.Â