Watch a Trailer for Director Gia Coppola's Feature-Length Debut, Palo Alto
It’s a good year for James Franco. In addition to getting his own honorary roast from Comedy Central—a sure sign that you’ve made it somehow, somewhere—Palo Alto, his 2010 collection of short stories published by Scribner’s, will be making its theatrical debut. The film was written and directed by none other than The Godfather director’s granddaughter Gia Coppola.
Palo Alto marks the first feature-length film for Coppola, a Bard College graduate and fashion film director.
Starring Franco as a soccer coach and Val Kilmer and Emma Roberts as contemporary teenaged protagonists, the film traces the characters’ intertwined lives in Franco’s restlessly suburban, autobiographical hometown.
The film has already sparked some preliminary buzz at Telluride this week and is slated as a contestant in the 70th annual Venice Film Festival, where Franco is also debuting his third directorial effort, Child of God.
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