Roman Coppola

Roman Ford Coppola (born April 22, 1965) is an American director and screenwriter. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for co-writing 2012's Moonrise Kingdom. Coppola also wrote and directed the 2001 film CQ.

    Early life

    Coppola was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France in 1965, the son of director Francis Ford Coppola and set decorator/artist Eleanor Coppola (née Neil). He was born in the American Hospital in Neuilly-sur-Seine, while his father was in Paris helping write the screenplay of Is Paris Burning?. He attended New York University's film school, the Tisch School of the Arts.


    Coppola had a small role as one of the sons of Tom Hagen during the funeral scene in his father's breakthrough film The Godfather. He also played Santino Corleone as a young boy in 1974's The Godfather Part II. Later he oversaw the in-camera visual effects for his father's 1992 film Bram Stoker's Dracula.

    Coppola's feature-film debut, CQ premiered in an out of competition slot at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Set in the 60s, the film centres on a young film editor trying to juggle his personal and professional life as he works in Paris on a sci fi adventure, and his own personal art film. Coppola wrote and directed.

    Coppola's second feature was A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, which debuted in 2012 at the Rome Film Festival. Charlie Sheen starred as the title character, a graphic designer dealing with a break-up. The cast also included Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. Reviews for the film tended toward the negative.

    Coppola began directing the first of many music videos in the 1990s. He founded production company The Directors Bureau and directed all the music videos for The Strokes' 2001 debut album Is This It, as well as "12:51" for Room on Fire. His other music videos include clips for Daft Punk, Lilys, Moby, The Presidents of the United States of America, Ween, Green Day, and Fatboy Slim. His music video for Phoenix's "Funky Squaredance" was invited into permanent collection at the New York Museum of Modern Art. He has also been a supporter of cousin Jason Schwartzman's musical side project, Coconut Records.

    Coppola is the co-owner of American Zoetrope with his sister Sofia Coppola., and has done a number of stints directing commercials, including Burger King's 2004 "Ugoff" ad campaign. As of 2013 he was directing commercials for GEICO.

    Coppola has worked in other areas of film production, including second unit direction for films as Bram Stoker's Dracula, Jack, The Rainmaker, Youth Without Youth, Tetro (all five directed by his father), The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited (both directed by Wes Anderson; Darjeeling was co-written and produced by Coppola) and his sister Sofia's films The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.

    Coppola also co-wrote Golden-Globe nominated teenage tale Moonrise Kingdom with Anderson, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.




    Year Title Director Screenwriter Producer Notes
    1990 The Spirit of '76 Yes story
    2001 CQ Yes Yes
    2007 The Darjeeling Limited Yes co-writer, with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman; also second unit director
    2010 Somewhere Yes
    2012 Moonrise Kingdom Yes co-writer, with Wes Anderson
    2013 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Yes Yes
    The Bling Ring Yes


    Short films

    • ¡El Tonto] (2012)
    • Modern/Love (2012)
    • The Mirror Between Us (2012)
    • Eugene (2012)

    Music videos





    • Wyclef Jean & The Refugee All-Stars (featuring John Forté and Pras) - "We Trying to Stay Alive"




    • Air - "Playground Love"
    • Phoenix - "Funky Squaredance"
    • Mellow - "Another Mellow Winter"





    • Phoenix - "Everything is Everything"





    • Arcade Fire - "Here Comes The Night Time" / "We Exist"


    See also


    External links

    • Roman Coppola Studio
    • The Directors Bureau
    • The Directors Bureau Special Projects
    • Roman Coppola at the Internet Movie Database
    • The Darjeeling Limited Interview with Roman Coppola