Roman Coppola

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Roman Coppola
Born Roman Ford Coppola
(1965-04-22) April 22, 1965 (age 51)
Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1983–present
Parent(s) Francis Ford Coppola
Eleanor Coppola
Family Gian-Carlo Coppola (brother)
Sofia Coppola (sister)
Jason Schwartzman (cousin)
Robert Schwartzman (cousin)
Nicolas Cage (cousin)
Marc Coppola (cousin)
Christopher Coppola (cousin)
Gia Coppola (niece)

Roman François Coppola[1] (born April 22, 1965) is an American director, screenwriter, producer, and occasional actor. 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[edit]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.,[4] 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 Role Notes
1972 The Godfather Boy on Street
Who Attended Funeral
1974 The Godfather Part II Sonny Corleone
as a Boy
1979 Apocalypse Now Francis de Marais Redux version only
1989 Clownhouse Yes Executive producer
1990 The Spirit of '76 Yes Yes Story, executive producer
1999 Gunfighter Bandido
Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace Cid Rushing Uncredited
2001 CQ Yes Yes
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Yes Yes Co-writer, with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman
2009 Fantastic Mr. Fox Squirrel Contractor Voice
2010 Somewhere Yes
2012 Moonrise Kingdom Yes Co-writer, with Wes Anderson
On the Road Yes
2013 A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Yes Yes Yes
The Bling Ring Yes
Additional directing
Year Title Second Unit Associate Other Director
1992 Bram Stoker's Dracula Yes Visual effects director Francis Ford Coppola
1996 Jack Yes Francis Ford Coppola
1997 The Rainmaker Yes Francis Ford Coppola
1999 The Virgin Suicides Yes Sofia Coppola
2003 Lost in Translation Additional director Sofia Coppola
2004 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou Yes Wes Anderson
2006 Marie Antoinette Yes Sofia Coppola
2007 The Darjeeling Limited Yes Wes Anderson
Youth Without Youth Yes Francis Ford Coppola
2009 Tetro Yes Francis Ford Coppola
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Special photography unit Wes Anderson
2015 A Very Murray Christmas Yes Sofia Coppola


Year Title Director Screenwriter Producer Notes
2002 $2 Bill Yes Episode: "The Strokes"
2014–present Mozart in the Jungle Yes Yes Yes Executive produceer, creator, directed 3 episodes,
co-written with Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers
2015 A Very Murray Christmas Yes Television special, executive producer

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Screenwriter Producer Other Notes
1996 Bed, Bath and Beyond Actor, cinematographer
1999 Torrance Rises Cinematographer
2011 Fight for Your Right Revisited Actor Role: Café Patron
2012 ¡El Tonto Yes
Modern/Love Yes
The Mirror Between Us Yes
Eugene Yes
Die Again, Undead One Yes Yes Yes
2013 Castello Cavalcanti Yes Yes

Music videos[edit]








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





  • Phoenix - "Everything is Everything"





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


Commercials and promotional videos[edit]

Year Title Director Writer Notes
2010 Stella Artois: Apartomatic Yes Commercial, co-directed with Wes Anderson
2012 Cousin Ben Troop Screening
with Jason Schwartzman
Yes Promotional short for Moonrise Kingdom,
co-written with Wes Anderson
2013 Prada: Candy Yes Commercial, co-directed with Wes Anderson
2015 "Magic Jingle Elvis" Yes State Farm commercial[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Les Gens du Cinema". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: CQ". Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  3. ^ E! Online, Charlie Sheen Heading Back to the Big Screen!
  4. ^ Coppola stated this in an interview with Harry Knowles for Ain't It Cool News published on May 8, 2007.
  5. ^ "State Farm: Magic Jingle Elvis" The Mill Accessed May 21, 2015

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