Coppola won't take 'Tetro' to Cannes

Film will be unveiled at Seattle film festival in June

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Francis Ford Coppola's new film "Tetro" won't be headed to next month's Festival de Cannes.

Instead, Coppola plans to screen the movie's trailer at the San Francisco International Film Festival as part of a tribute evening in his honor May 1. He'll then unveil the full film June 10 at the Seattle International Film Festival.

"Tetro" had been touted as a likely Cannes entry, but despite receiving an apparent invitation, Coppola decided against making the trek to the South of France.

"While I very much appreciate the invitation, this is an independent film, self-financed and self-released, and I felt that being invited for a non-competition gala screening wasn't true to the personal and independent nature of this film," the director said Friday. "More important than Cannes, our team can focus all our time, energy and resources into the U.S. release this June 11."

"Tetro," which has been described as a semi-autobiographical look at two brothers belonging to an artistic Italian family that has migrated to Argentina, stars Vincent Gallo, Klaus Maria Brandauer and Alden Ehrenreich.

Coppola, who also wrote the film, is distributing it himself. It opens in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Miami and Washington in June.
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