Francis Ford Coppola is in Cuba

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 9.19.46 AMUpon his arrival in Cuba, Coppola said he was pleased for the decision to restore relations between Cuba and the United States.

Francis Ford Coppola is in Cuba and visited the renowned International School of Film and Television of San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV) on Wednesday.

Coppola was invited by the institution and will stay in the island until July 19. He said he will watch some works from students and will provide feedback to them. He is also expected to meet with the director of the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematographic Industry.

The director of the legendary film The Godfather (1972) is traveling with his son Francois Roman, also a filmmaker, and his grandchildren Gia, Pascale Electra and Marcello Archimedes.

Upon his arrival at the Havana Jose Marti International Airport, the renowned director, producer and screenwriter said he was pleased for the decision to restore relations between Cuba and the United States.

“Personally I have been waiting for this for a long time, this normalization of relations with Cuba is an excellent decision. Yes, I support this idea with much happiness,” Coppola said.

Washington broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961, two years after the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, came to power. One year later, it imposed an official blockade against the island nation.

President Barack Obama announced in December that the U.S. will normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, marking the most significant shift in Washington’s foreign policy toward Havana in over 50 years.

teleSUR, July 15, 2015

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