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Director Sofia Coppola weds in southern Italy

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ROME - Filmmaker Sofia Coppola went back to her roots, getting married Saturday in the remote, southern Italian town where her great-grandfather was born.

Coppola married Thomas Mars, lead singer of the French rock band Phoenix and the father of their two young daughters, in Bernalda, near the Gulf of Taranto in Italy’s Basilicata region.

The ceremony took place in the garden of a historic palazzo that her famous father, Francis Ford Coppola, renovated in Bernalda’s historic center, according to mayor Leonardo Chiruzzi. The senior Coppola plans to turn it into a luxury boutique hotel.

Bernalda, near the Unesco-recognized troglodyte settlement of Matera to the north, was home to the elder Coppola’s grandfather, Agostino, before he emigrated to the United States.

There was no immediate word on guests, but the ANSA news agency said they included Johnny Depp and Talia Shire, the bride’s aunt, who is best known for her roles in her brother’s “The Godfather” films and as Sylvester Stallone’s girlfriend Adrian in “Rocky.”

Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost in Translation” won the 40-year-old filmmaker an Academy Award for original screenplay and made her the third woman ever nominated for a directing Oscar. Her 2010 film “Somewhere,” about an actor who sees the emptiness of his existence through the eyes of his child, won the top Golden Lion prize at the Venice Film Festival last year.

She divorced fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze in 2003.


AP


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