The Godfather Takes Center Stage at SF Film Fest

Francis Ford Coppola to get special honor

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Apr 1, 2009  |  Updated 3:08 PM PDT
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The Godfather Takes Center Stage at SF Film Fest

Director Francis Ford Coppola walks down the red carpet.

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The godfather of film will be shown due respect at the 52nd annual San Francisco Film Festival.

The San Francisco Film Society will present Francis Ford Coppola the founder's directing award at the Westin St. Francis Hotelon April 30, according to our friends at Variety.

Inside The Actor's Studio Francis with Ford Coppola

"Genius, visionary, iconoclast, Francis Ford Coppola is one of the towering figures in American and world cinema," the film society's Executive Director Graham Leggat told Variety.

The five-time Academy Award winner and Napa Valley resident has directed the "Godfather" trilogy, "Apocalypse Now" and "American Graffiti."

The festival will also host "An Evening With Francis Ford Coppola and Friends" on May 1 at the Castro Theater in San Francisco. Film clips, including the trailer from his latest piece "Tetro," and an audience question and answer will be held at the event.

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