Cinema: Sundance Sorority

SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL JANUARY 20-30 2000 The world's top indie film fest strides toward gender equality, with a record 26% of the films made by women. Here are six directors with a shot at auteur sta

SOFIA COPPOLA The Virgin Suicides

Some Sundance directors have heftier credentials, like two-time Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple. Others may have hotter properties, like Mary Harron with American Psycho. But only one made her film debut in the most famous scene of Hollywood's most famous gangster movie. Sofia Coppola was the baby baptized during the killer climax to The Godfather, directed by her father Francis. Now 28, and having rummaged through the other arts, she has made her first feature. Like Michael Corleone, Sofia is joining the family business.

"I'm like an Army brat," she says. "I've lived all over." As a...

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