Film - Spotlight Filmfest 2021


Directed by Gia Coppola


Director: Gia Coppola
Section: Spotlight
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: English
Version: Original version
Cast: Maya Hawke, Andrew Garfield, Kalena Yiaueki, Nat Wolff, Jason Schwartzman

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Three protagonists struggle to find their calling amid the self-promotion demanded by social media.

Frankie, in her early 20s, lives on Hollywood Boulevard. She and her best friend work at a run-down comedy club, but she is still searching for her place in life. She wants to do something meaningful. But what does that mean in an age governed by Internet narcissism and compulsory self-promotion? A chance encounter with a mysterious urban survivalist gives her an idea that catapults her into the turbulent world of self-absorbed Internet celebrities. In her second feature-length film, director Gia Coppola creates the nostalgic, cynical portrayal of an influencer’s dream (or nightmare) that takes on a life of its own. Somewhere between American indie and social-media aesthetics, she artfully steers Maya Hawke, Andrew Garfield, and Nat Wolff through the garishly grotesque nuttiness of the online world.

You'll find a Q&A with MAINSTREAM director Gia Coppola here.

You can buy tickets for the screening at the associated cinema ASTOR Filmlounge im ARRI here.

Meet the director


Gia Coppola

Gia Coppola, born in 1987, is a writer-director from Los Angeles. In addition to studying photography at Bard College in New York state, she acquired practical experience in film on the sets of her grandfather, Francis Ford Coppola, and her aunt, Sofia Coppola. In 2013, she had her feature-film debut with PALO ALTO, for which she also wrote the screenplay. The film was screened at the Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the 70th Venice International Film Festival, among others. In 2020, she will present her second feature-length film, MAINSTREAM, which was also invited to Venice.


Screenplay: Tom Stuart & Gia Coppola
Director of Photography: Autumn Durald Arkapaw
Film Editor: Glen Scantlebury
Composer: Devonté hynes
Production Designer: Nathan Parker
Costume Design: Jacqui Getty
Make-up artist: Ange Bebbington & Gina Monaci
Casting director: Chelsea Ellis Bloch & Marisol Roncali
Producer: Fred Berger, Gia Coppola, Lauren Bratman, Andrew Garfield, Seina Oberman, Jack Heller, Enrico Saraiva, Francisco Rebelo de Andrade, Alan Terpins, Zac Weinstein
Production Company: Universal