The legendary director Francis Ford Coppola visits Finland at the invitation of ELO and KAVI

Director, producer and screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola will be visiting Finland from 8 to 12 December 2020 at the invitation of The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO and the National Audiovisual Institute KAVI.

Francis Ford Coppola is one of the most influencial American filmmakers and creator of many Oscar-winning films. He is best known for The Godfather trilogy (1972–1990). He is also one of the rare directors in the world who have won more than one Palme d’Or Prizes at Cannes Film Festival  — he has won it twice with The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979).

On top of ambitious personal film productions Coppola has successfully run his production company American Zoetrope, home for e.g. Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter Sofia Coppola’s films The Virgin Suicides (1999) and Lost in Translation (2003).

Collaboration with ELO film school students

During his visit to Finland Francis Ford Coppola will be working together with ELO film school students. The new filmmaker generation will meet the revered director in a virtual Master Class session on Wednesday 9 December. The idea is to find fresh new perspectives to filmmaking, both for the students as well as the movie maestro. ELO students will plan and execute the programme, and during the day Coppola will be reviewing some student screenings as well. The event is a webinar due to covid-19 restrictions.

Francis Ford Coppola will take part in a discussion event in Kino Regina on Saturday 12 December. However, due to covid-19 restrictions, the public cannot attend the event.

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