14 September 2011 9:33 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Last Sunday, a sold-out audience awarded Francis Ford Coppola a standing ovation when he strolled into the 548-seat Cinema 1 at Tiff’s Bell Lightbox, the new multiplex at the center of the world’s largest film festival after Cannes. To the adoring audience, Coppola smiled warmly and cracked, “I’m very embarrassed I left my black shoes on the plane,” as he sat down at center stage in tan shoes and a dark suit with Tiff Festival Director Cameron Bailey.

This event was a rare 85-minute chat directly with his audience and enjoyed all the hype of a red-carpet premiere.  In fact, right after the talk Coppola unveiled his latest movie, Twixt, at a posh gala.  Though Twixt has been enduring harsh reviews, Coppola was jovial as he recounted doing a location scout in Turkey and drinking one night in Istanbul.  “I fell asleep and had vivid dream.  I began »

- Allan Tong

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