Francis Ford COPPOLA – President of the Jury

Francis Ford COPPOLA – President of the Jury

Director, screenwriter & producer , USA

Citation

« The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend. My Paternal Grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she told. All that personal history plus the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Colonies as an independent nation makes me feel most welcome. » 

Francis Ford Coppola

Presentation

“The cinema language happened by experimentation – by people not knowing what to do. […] An essential element of any art is risk. If you don’t take a risk then how are you going to make something really beautiful, that hasn’t been seen before? I always like to say that cinema without risk is like having no sex and expecting to have a baby. You have to take a risk! […] I was always a good adventurer. I was never afraid of risks. I always had a good philosophy about risks.

[…] A screenplay has to be like a haiku. It has to be very concise and very clear, minimal. When you go to make it as a film, you’re going to listen to everyone, because cinema is collaboration. I always like to say that collaboration is the sex of art because you take from everyone you’re working with.

[…] When you make a movie, always try to discover what the theme of the movie is in one or two words. In The Godfather, it was succession. In The Conversation, privacy. And in Apocalypse, morality. The reason it’s important to have this is because most of the time what a director really does is make decisions. All day long. […] There are many times when you don’t know the answer. Knowing what the theme is always helps you. […]

Always make your work be personal. And you never have to lie. If you lie, you will only trip yourself up. You will always get caught in a lie. It is very important for an artist not to lie, and most important is not to lie to yourself. […] There is something we know that’s connected with beauty and truth. There is something ancient. We know that art is about beauty, and therefore it has to be about truth.”

(Conversation with Francis Ford Coppola, Marrakech International Film Festival, December 2010)

Selected Filmography

Director

1963      DEMENTIA 13 *

1967      YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW *

1968      FINIAN’S RAINBOW

1969      THE RAIN PEOPLE  *

1972      THE GODFATHER  * – 1973 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

1974      THE CONVERSATION */** – Palme d’or Festival de Cannes 1974

THE GODFATHER: PART II  */** –  2015 Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director & Best Adapted Screenplay

1979      APOCALYPSE NOW */** – Palme d’or Festival de Cannes 1979

1982      ONE FROM THE HEART *

1983      THE OUTSIDERS

RUMBLE FISH  */**

1984      THE COTTON CLUB *

1986      PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED

1987      Gardens of Stone  **

1988      Tucker: The Man and His Dream

1989      NEW YORK STORIES – segment LIFE WITHOUT ZOE *

1990      The Godfather: Part III */**

1992      Bram Stoker’s Dracula **

1996      JACK **

1997      The Rainmaker  *

2007      Youth Without Youth */**

2009      TETRO */**

2011      TWIXT */**

2015      DISTANT VISION *

* also screenwriter

** also producer

Screenwriter

1966      This Property Is Condemned  Sydney Pollack

Is Paris Burning?  René Clément

1970      PATTON Franklin J. Schaffner1971 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

1974      THE GREAT GATSBY Jack Clayton

Producer

1971      THX 1138 George Lucas

1973      AMERICAN GRAFFITI George Lucas

1979      The Black Stallion Carroll Ballard

1980      KAGEMUSHA Akira Kurosawa

1982      KOYAANISQATSI Godfrey Reggio – doc

THE ESCAPE ARTIST Caleb Deschanel

HAMMETT Wim Wenders

1983      The Black Stallion Returns Robert Dalva

1985      Mishima : A Life in Four Chapters  Paul Schrader

1987      Tough Guys Don’t Dance Norman Mailer

LIONHEART Franklin J. Schaffner

1988      POWAQQATSI Godfrey Reggio – doc

1992      WIND Carroll Ballard

1993      The Secret Garden Agnieszka Holland

1994      DON JUAN DEMARCO Jeremy Leven

MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN (Frankestein) Kenneth Branagh

1995      MY FAMILY Gregory Nava

HAUNTED Lewis Gilbert

1997      BUDDY Caroline Thompson

1998      LANAI-LOA Sherwood Hu

1999      THE FLORENTINE Nick Stagliano

THE VIRGIN SUICIDES Sofia Coppola

THE THIRD MIRACLE Agnieszka Holland

GOOSED Aleta Chappelle

SLEEPY HOLLOW Tim Burton

2001      CQ Roman Coppola

NO SUCH THING Hal Hartley

JEEPERS CREEPERS  Victor Salva

SURIYOTHAI Chatrichalerm Yukol

2002      PUMPKIN Anthony Abrams & Adam Larson Broder

ASSASSINATION TANGO Robert Duvall

2003      JEEPERS CREEPERS II Victor Salva

LOST IN TRANSLATION Sofia Coppola

2004      KINSEY Bill Condon

2006      MARIE-ANTOINETTE Sofia Coppola

The Good Shepherd  Robert De Niro

2010      SOMEWHERE Sofia Coppola

2012      ON THE ROAD Walter Salles

2013      THE BLING RING Sofia Coppola