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Focus Gets Sofia Coppola's "Translation"

Focus Gets Sofia Coppola's "Translation"

by Eugene Hernandez








"Lost in Translation," the new film from writer/director Sofia Coppola, has been acquired by Focus Features. The company announced a deal yesterday for the U.S. and Canadian rights to the movie.

The film, shot entirely in Tokyo, is described as a "valentine to the city," according to a Focus announcement on Wednesday. It stars Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, Giovanni Ribisi, and Anna Faris. Produced by Coppola and Ross Katz, the film is currently in post-production.

The film is the story of two Americans who who meet in Japan and "befriend each other and, over the course of the next week, embark on adventures in Tokyo together."

Sofia Coppola's previous work includes her feature debut "The Virgin Suicides," and the short film, "Lick the Star." She studied photography and fine arts at CalArts in Southern California. Katz has produced numerous indie films, including "In The Bedroom," "The Laramie Project," and "Trick."

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