Roman Coppola

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Roman Coppola
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Coppola in 2018
Roman François Coppola

(1965-04-22) April 22, 1965 (age 56)
OccupationActor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
Parent(s)Francis Ford Coppola
Eleanor Neil
RelativesCarmine Coppola (grandfather)
Italia Pennino (grandmother)
Gian-Carlo Coppola (brother)
Sofia Coppola (sister)
Gia Coppola (niece)
Nicolas Cage (cousin)

Roman François Coppola[1] (born April 22, 1965) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, entrepreneur, and the son of Francis Ford Coppola and Eleanor Coppola. With the 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom, he and co-writer Wes Anderson were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. His television series Mozart in the Jungle won the 2016 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. In 2019, Coppola was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[2]

Coppola serves as president of the San Francisco-based film company American Zoetrope. He is also founder and owner of The Directors Bureau,[3] a commercial and music video production company.

Early life[edit]

Roman Coppola is the son of documentary filmmaker, artist, and writer Eleanor Coppola (née Neil) and director Francis Ford Coppola.


Coppola began his directing career by overseeing in-camera visual effects and second unit direction for Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for Visual Effects. He has continued to do second unit direction throughout his career, including his father's Jack, The Rainmaker, Youth Without Youth, and Tetro; collaborator Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Darjeeling Limited; and his sister Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.

In the 1990s, Coppola established himself as an influential music video and commercial director. Through his production company, The Directors Bureau, he directed all four 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 the 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.

His first feature film, CQ, premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival[4] and was well-received critically. Set in Paris in 1969, CQ centers on a young film editor trying to juggle his personal and professional life while simultaneously juggling a science fiction adventure and his own personal art film. Coppola's second feature, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, 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.[5] Reviews for the film tended toward the negative.

Coppola is also an inventor and entrepreneur, responsible for the Photobubble Company,[6] Pacific Tote Company,[7] and a number of projects through the "Special Projects" arm of his production company.



Year Title Director Writer Producer Role Notes
1966 You're a Big Boy Now Baby Boy in Carriage Uncredited
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
1983 Rumble Fish Associate producer
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)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay
On the Road Yes
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III Yes Yes Yes
2013 The Bling Ring Yes
2017 The Beguiled Yes
2018 Isle of Dogs Yes Igor Co-writer (story only, with Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman and Kunichi Nomura)
2021 The French Dispatch Yes Co-writer (story only, with Anderson and Schwartzman and Hugo Guinness)
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"
2013 Arcade Fire in Here Comes the Night Time Yes Television special
2014–2018 Mozart in the Jungle Yes Yes Yes Executive producer, creator, directed 4 episodes,
co-written with Jason Schwartzman and Alex Timbers
Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
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"













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[8]
2017 "L'Oréal Paris" Yes L'Oréal Paris commercial for new Elvive haircare line

Directors Bureau Special Projects[edit]

Pacific Tote Company
ProductsTote Bags

His company, The Directors Bureau Special Projects has several lines of business, including the Pacific Tote Company, a line of beach bags. The bags are handmade in California and known for their signature multicolor designs.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Les Gens du Cinema". Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "ACADEMY INVITES 842 TO MEMBERSHIP". | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. July 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Directors Bureau, New York and L.A. - Founded: 1996". Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^ "Festival de Cannes: CQ". Retrieved October 24, 2009.
  5. ^ E! Online, Charlie Sheen Heading Back to the Big Screen!
  6. ^ "Roman Coppola". Nothing Major. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  7. ^ Binkley, Christina (June 29, 2016). "Roman Coppola's Long-Planned Trip to Italy". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved October 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "State Farm: Magic Jingle Elvis". The Mill. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  9. ^ "2016 Los Angeles Times Gift Guide: Home & Design". Retrieved December 1, 2016.

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