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Sofia Coppola’s award-winning “Lost in Translation” at library on Thursday

Posted on: April 6, 2010

Bob Harris is missing that certain spark in life that money can’t buy.  Not even two million dollars can buy.  Not even the bright lights of a foreign city can buy.  Then, one night, he shares a smile with a young woman.

Bill Murray stars with Scarlett Johansen in Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film “Lost in Translation.”  The Murphy Library is showing this film Thursday, April 8 at 6 p.m.  It is rated R and runs 102 minutes.

Harris (Murray) is a middle-aged American movie star visiting Tokyo to make whiskey commercials for a Japanese company for that cool $2 mil.  He’s not upset to leave home.  His marriage is in the doldrums too.

Then he strikes up a friendship with the young American woman (Johanssen) who’s traveling with her photographer husband on a photo shoot.  She’s just starting her life and she’s looking for a spark too.

The seventy-one awards for “Lost in Translation” include the Oscar for Coppola for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.  The National Board of Review gave her a “Special Achievement Award for writing, directing, and producing”.  And she won the FIPRESCI Prize “for the sensitivity with which she modulates the atmosphere of the film from comedy to melancholy.”  FIPRESCI is a group of foreign journalists who look for promising young directors. 

Murrary, Johanssen, the film editor, music composer, and cinematographer all won awards. It’s that kind of a movie.  Call the library at 837-2417

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