‘White Elitist’ Sofia Coppola Slammed for Winning Prize at Cannes for ‘Rich White Women’ Movie

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Filmmaker Sofia Coppola has become the first woman since 1961 to win Cannes Film Festival’s Directing Prize.

You would have thought Coppola’s award- for her female-centric remake of 1971 civil war drama The Beguiled which starred Clint Eastwood- would generate widespread applause on social media given the fact she is an outspoken feminist and all the attention paid to the perceived under-representation of women directors at Cannes in recent years.

Not so.  Even though Coppola’s movie stars a host of feminist actresses including Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning, she is being slammed for supposedly having made a movie about rich white women.


Coppola has previously been accused of racism in her films Lost in Translation and The Bling Ring.

This time people are objecting that a black character in the original 1971 movie The Beguiled  (the slave Hallie played by Mae Mercer) hasn’t re-surfaced in Coppola’s loose remake.


Expect more of all this when The Beguiled is released in cinemas late June.