Coppola premieres at Cannes Directors' Fortnight

The selection of films for the 41st Directors' Fortnight, running in parallel with the official Cannes Film Festival, was revealed on Friday. Francis Ford Coppola will premiere his new indie movie, "Tetro", set in Buenos Aires.


AFP - US film giant Francis Ford Coppola is to premiere his new indie movie "Tetro," a tale of sibling rivalry set in Buenos Aires, at Cannes' prestigious Directors' Fortnight, organisers said Friday.

The 70-year-old director, a two-time Palme d'Or-winner at Cannes, will open the Fortnight on May 14, an out-of-competition show running until May 24 in parallel with the official film festival.

Starring US actor Vincent Gallo in the title role, "Tetro" is the story of a 17-year-old Italian-American who returns from New York to the Buenos Aires of his youth to search for his writer brother, missing for a decade.

The Oscar-winning director, who also wrote the film, describes it as a story about family relationships, and a "personal" work, although he denies it is autobiographical.

Shot last year on a 15 million dollar budget, mostly in the Italian quarter of Buenos Aires, La Boca, the film has more in common with European 1960s cinema than Hollywood mega-productions, according to Coppola.

The Italian-American director of "Apocalypse Now" and "The Godfather" returned to the silver screen in 2007 after a 10-year absence, with the philosophical movie "Youth Without Youth."

Some 20 feature-length films from countries as diverse as Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, France and the United States, will will be shown at the Fortnight, on the sidelines of the May 13-24 Cannes festival.

Launched in 1968 by avant-garde directors including Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, the Directors' Fortnight puts its focus on discovering new and groundbreaking talent.

It can boast having helped launch the careers of high-flyers such as Stephen Frears, Nagisa Oshima, Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders.

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