S.F. fest to honor Francis Ford Coppola

Robert Redford, James Toback also set for tributes

The San Francisco Film Society will honor Francis Ford Coppola with its Founder's Directing Award at the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs from April 23-May 7.

The award will be presented at the Film Society's Awards Night fundraiser April 30 at the Westin St. Francis Hotel.

The gala also will pay tribute to Robert Redford, recipient of the Peter J. Owens Award for acting, and James Toback, recipient of the Kanbar Award for screenwriting, and will benefit the Youth Education Program.

The fest also will hold "An Evening With Francis Ford Coppola & Friends" on May 1 at the Castro Theater. The evening will include a conversation with Coppola and several of his friends and collaborators, a selection of film clips and a trailer for Coppola's new film "Tetro."

"Tetro," Coppola's first original screenplay since "The Conversation," starring Vincent Gallo, Maribel Verdu, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Carmen Maura and Alden Ehrenreich, tells of two brothers in an Argentine-Italian family.

American Zoetrope Releasing will distribute the film theatrically June 11.

The Founder's Directing Award is presented each year to one of the masters of world cinema and is given in memory of Irving M. Levin, who founded the festival in 1957.
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