Francis Ford Coppola says in an interview broadcast Friday that he lost 15 years of computer data, including writings and family photographs, when robbers raided his Argentine studio.

Speaking with Argentine broadcaster Todo Noticias, Coppola appealed to the bandits to return the small computer backup device, which was taken along with computers in the raid Wednesday night.

"They stole our computers; they got all our data, many years of work," said Coppola, who apparently was not in the studio at the time of the robbery.

The director of "The Godfather" said the robbery would not prompt him to leave Argentina, where he plans to shoot a feature film: "Argentine people are very nice."