5 September 2013 7:39 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gia Coppola, the 26-year-old granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, doesn’t lack for ambition with her feature directorial debut “Palo Alto” premiering today in Toronto.

“I definitely want to do another,” she told Variety. “The hardest thing on ‘Palo Alto’ was letting go because I kept working on it, trying to make it better. I’ve been so immersed in it.”

Coppola began working on “Palo Alto” two years ago after reading James Franco’s 2010 collection of intertwined short stories set in his hometown of Palo Alto, Calif., focusing on teens seeking thrills by drinking, using drugs and violence. Franco, Emma Roberts and Zoe Levin star.

“I had just finished college and the book really resonated with me,” she said. “I’m grateful to James for letting me make the film. He was helpful in terms of suggestions as to what dialogue would work but he also wanted to give »


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