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Coppola to launch Cannes sidebar

Francis Ford Coppola
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Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola will open the Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival with his latest work Tetro.

The announcement follows the director's rejection of an out-of-competition slot at the prestigious cinema showcase.

Tetro, which tells of a young Italian-American who travels to Buenos Aires, will open the sidebar event on 14 May.

The rest of the Director's Fortnight line-up includes 23 features, seven of which are first films.

It also includes five films from directing duos, among them Jim Carrey movie I Love You Phillip Morris.

'Personal and independent'

Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, it tells of a con man, played by Carrey, who falls in love with a convict, played by Ewan McGregor.

Coppola, 70, had been invited to screen his latest film out of competition at Cannes this year.

The Oscar-winning director refused the invitation, saying a gala would not have been "true to the personal and independent nature of this film".

"This is an independent film, self-financed and self-released," he said in a statement last week.

Coppola is a two-time winner of the Palme d'Or, the festival's most prestigious honour.

Several established film-makers feature in this year's Directors' Fortnight, among them Canada's Denis Villeneueve and France's Luc Moullet.

The Cannes Film Festival will open this year with a screening of Pixar's latest animation Up.

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