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Francis Ford Coppola honoured at Deauville American film festival

Reuters/Regis Duvignau

Legendary American director Francis Ford Coppola officially opened the 37th Festival of American Cinema in the seaside resort of Deauville in northern France on Friday. Some 14 films are in the competition, nine by first-time directors, which ends on 11 September. 

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“I am proud to be here to commemorate American cinema,” Coppola told festival-goers before launching an attack on Hollywood studios which he said were “just a process to make money.”

This year’s jury is presided over by French director Olivier Assayas and includes actors Nathalie Baye and Chiara Mastroianni and Nicolas Godin from the group Air.

The festival kicked off with a screening of the blockbuster The Help, directed by Tate Taylor which has already taken 96,8 million euros at the American box-office.

The film, based on a book by Kathryn Stockett, details the lives of Afro-American house maids in the south of the country in the 1960s and the white woman who decided to tell their story.

Other eagerly awaited screenings include the first two episodes of a new TV series Borgia byTom Fontana and the latest film by Abel Ferrara 44:4 Last Days on Earth.
 

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