Francis Coppola's 'Megalopolis' Secures Competition Slot At 77th Cannes Film Festival: The Dish  

After a race to sign Francis Coppola, the Cannes, Venice, and Toronto film festivals have secured a Palais gala premiere for Megalopolis on Friday, May 17.   

The 77th Cannes Film Festival will screen the film in competition.  

Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux wins this one before Thursday's complete festival slate announcement.   

It follows the March 28 debut of Coppola's 20-year-old film concept at Universal CityWalk Imax Theater.  

Coppola's longtime attorney Barry Hirsch is still seeking a distribution partner for a fall feature aimed for Imax theaters.  

Coppola has succeeded as a filmmaker and entrepreneur by taking risks that often pay off.  

Premiering the film in Venice, Telluride, or Toronto would have been safer.  

Coppola directed The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Conversation, The Outsiders, and many other important and prescient films, and he raised $120 million to make the film, so one would expect the press to be cautious, but there have been some catty reports. Similar to Apocalypse Now.  

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