After hitting the fall film festival circuit of Telluride, Venice and Toronto, Gia Coppola‘s edgy coming-of-age directorial debut Palo Alto based on the short story series by James Franco will bow at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 before its limited release on May 9. Emma Roberts portrays April, a shy, sensitive virgin who falls for introspective artist Teddy (Jack Kilmer), while negotiating a dangerous affair with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco). Meanwhile, Teddy’s loose cannon friend Fred (Nat Wolff) zeroes in on Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner. Ah, high school life as set in the titular northern Cali town. Chris Messina and Val Kilmer also star. Tribeca Film, which acquired domestic rights back in December, will expand the film throughout May. Gia is Francis Ford Coppola‘s grandaughter; her father being the late Gian-Carlo who died in a 1986 boat accident. Before making her directorial debut with Palo Alto, Gia worked as a costume assistant on her aunt Sofia Coppola’s 2010 feature Somewhere and was a creative consultant on her grandfather’s vampire indie film Twixt. Speaking with Deadline at the American Horror Story: Coven PaleyFest panel, Roberts, who has been an acquaintance of Gia’s for some time, assured us that “She captures youth in a way that hasn’t been seen before on the big screen.” You be the judge:
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