It turns out Francis Ford Coppola has agreed to show his Argentinian drama Tetro in Cannes after all, as the opener of Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine). That's a good compromise; Coppola had turned down Thierry Fremaux's offer to place it out-of-competition in the official selection.
Coppola is one of five American filmmakers in the Fortnight, which this year skews more toward the U.S. than the main festival. (Here's Variety.) The selection includes three edgy Sundance entries: I Love You Phillip Morris, starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as two cons in love, which has yet to find a North American distributor; Seattle writer-director Lynn Shelton's relationship comedy Humpday (Magnolia), about two straights who want to film a gay porno; and American/Palestinian/Jordanian director Cherien Dabis' semi-autobiographical drama Amreeka (National Geographic Films). The other U.S. film is Josh and Benny Safdie's Go Get Some Rosemary (Josh Safdie screened his film The Pleasure of Being Robbed in the 2008 Fortnight).
This year's Cannes Critics' Week has selected just ten features, all but one from first-time filmmakers, deciding to highlight more shorts. The video explains it: