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Sofia Coppola marries in Italy

Film director Sofia Coppola has been back to her roots for her wedding, marrying rocker Thomas Mars in the remote, southern Italian town where her great-grandfather was born.

Sofia's famous director father, Francis Ford Coppola, escorted his 40-year-old daughter down the aisle to a waiting Thomas, lead singer of the French band Phoenix and the father of their two young daughters.

The early evening ceremony took place in the garden of the palazzo that Francis renovated in the historic centre of Bernalda, a city near the Gulf of Taranto in Italy's Basilicata region, Mayor Leonardo Chiruzzi - who performed the ceremony - said.

"Everything went well," he said afterwards. "It was simple, calm, in the garden."

The bride wore a sheer, lavender tulle dress and Thomas a grey suit with a flower in the lapel. The bride and her father were preceded down the aisle by the couple's older daughter and other children. After Sofia and Thomas said their "si" in the civil service, she tossed her bouquet and a friend caught it, the mayor said.

The newlyweds and the father of the bride, wearing a white linen suit and pink shirt, then popped out of the palazzo briefly to greet onlookers. Sofia was holding a glass of champagne.

This is her second marriage; she divorced fellow filmmaker Spike Jonze in 2003.

Bernalda, near the Unesco-recognised troglodyte settlement of Matera to the north, was home to Francis's grandfather, Agostino, before he emigrated to the United States at the turn of the last century.

Guests reportedly included Johnny Depp and Talia Shire, the bride's aunt, who is best known for her roles in her brother's Godfather films and as Sylvester Stallone's girlfriend Adrian in Rocky.

Sofia's 2003 film Lost in Translation won her an Academy Award for original screenplay and made her only 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

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