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Home arrow CINEMA arrow The dark side of fame. Gia Coppola's "Mainstream" in the Orizzonti section
The dark side of fame. Gia Coppola's "Mainstream" in the Orizzonti section
Written by Filippo Vianello   

ImageStuck working in a Hollywood club with her best friend Jake, Frankie wonders what the values of a modern society dominated by appearance and superficiality are. After meeting Link, an enigmatic and charming man, the three decide to share their unconventional ideas online, soon becoming celebrities on the Internet.


With the arrival of a manager to oversee the sudden success, Frankie realizes that she is turning into what she had always criticized, clashing with the devastating power of social media.


The film stars Andrew Garfield playing the mysterious Link, and Maya Hawke, the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, playing the protagonist, Frankie. Also cast are Nat Wolff, at his second film with Coppola, playing Frankie’s friend Jake, and Jason Schwartzman. According to Gia Coppola's words, “Mainstream is a cautionary tale that inspires people to want to be unique rather than be a part of the ceaseless brainwash we absorb.”


The granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, Gian-Carla Coppola, known as Gia, directed some short films and music videos before debuting in 2013 with her first feature film, Palo Alto, presented at the 70th Venice Film Festival in the Horizons section. The young American director approached cinema from a very young age, first through small roles in her grandfather's films, including The Godfather Part III, then participating in some of her aunt Sofia Coppola's films as a production assistant. With Palo Alto she already proved to be able to give the right voice to all the young characters staged, confirming her particular sensitivity in showing the difficulties of adolescence.


by Gia Coppola

with Andrew Garfield, Maya Hawke, Nat Wolff, Jason Schwartzman, Alexa Demie, Johnny Knoxville
(USA, 95’)