'The Beguiled' Cast Toasts Sofia Coppola at U.S. Premiere

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From left: Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Sofia Coppola, Kirsten Dunst and Emma Howard

Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and others reunited at the DGA Theater for the Cannes-winning film's U.S. launch and afterparty.

Only weeks removed from her historic win at Cannes for best director, Sofia Coppola brought her Southern gothic masterpiece The Beguiled to the DGA Theater on Monday for its U.S. premiere.
 
Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and the rest of the cast all reunited after their rapturous reception along the Croisette, and Kidman could not hold back her excitement over her director’s epic win.
 
“She’s been recognized for this movie and for her to be sort of celebrated in this way at this time is really special,” the actress told The Hollywood Reporter. “And to be the first female to win best director in 56 years, come on — that’s incredible, right? I’m just very, very happy. And she’s so demure about it all, so I’ve got to sing her praises.”
 
The Beguiled is set during the Civil War and tells the tale of a wounded Union soldier who is taken in by a Southern woman’s boarding school and the chaos and romantic tensions that ensue when they try to nurse him back to health. Kidman gives an awards-worthy star performance, and both Fanning and Dunst are terrific in supporting roles.
 
Fanning’s relationship with Coppola stretches back nearly a decade after the filmmaker cast her at age 11 in Somewhere, one of Fanning's first major movie roles. 

“Her sets are so different from everyone else's. There’s a mutual respect and love and she works with her friends," said the actress. "I think that what I admire the most is that she’s earned success, and she’s extremely true to herself and creative and tasteful and very classy at the same time. I hope to be that way.”
 
Coppola was happy to share the film with a U.S. audience, but she was humble regarding her own success.
 
“It was such a surprise. It was really exciting,” the helmer said about her Cannes win. “I had just gotten back from Cannes and I was on the way to Coney Island with my kids and I got a call and it's just really surprising and exciting. It was a lot to take in. I was so surprised. I got so many messages from people cheering me on — I felt lots of love."
 
After the movie, guests headed to the Sunset Tower Hotel for an afterparty where Quentin Tarantino and Courtney Love joined the cast and crew for a Southern-themed bash with corn fritters, crawfish po’boys and other fried treats.

The Beguiled is set to hit theaters June 23.

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