Friday, April 24, 2009

And Tetro will be shown...!

After turning down Cannes, there are new news (yep, I know that's doubled up) as far as where and when Tetro will be shown.

Francis Ford Coppola is to open the 41st edition of Directors' Fortnight (May 14-24) with his Argentina-set family drama "Tetro." The self-financed production stars Vincent Gallo as an exiled writer who's visited in Buenos Aires by his estranged younger brother. Helmer will self-distribute the movie in the U.S. through his own American Zoetrope Releasing.
Pic was originally offered a non-competing slot by Thierry Fremaux in this year's Official Selection, which Coppola declined. Fortnight topper Olivier Pere then stepped in with his own offer -- arguably snagging one of the biggest names for the Cannes sidebar in recent memory.

"After Coppola announced that he wouldn't show 'Tetro' out of competition, we asked to screen it for the Quinzaine," Pere told Daily Variety. "We loved it! And our enthusiasm convinced Coppola that an opening Fortnight slot would be the ideal place to debut his film."

With five features, including "Tetro," U.S. directors have a stronger presence in the Fortnight than in Cannes' Competition.


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