Woody Allen’s latest work, Cafe Society, will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Starring Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg and Steve Carell, the movie centres on the buzzing cafe society of 1930s Hollywood.
It makes Allen the first director to present three opening-night films at Cannes.
Hollywood Ending opened the annual festival in 2002, and Midnight in Paris in 2011.
According to the festival organisers, Cafe Society tells the story “of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant cafe society that defined the spirit of the age”.
It marks a romantic reunion for Stewart and Eisenberg who appeared together in American Ultra.
Cafe Society will screen out of competition at this year’s event, which runs from 11 to 22 May, ahead of its release later this year.
Jodie Foster’s Money Monster starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG are already confirmed to screen at the festival.
Jodie Foster’s Money Monster starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, and Steven Spielberg’s The BFG are already confirmed to screen at the festival. In Money Monster financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, are put in an explosive situation when an irate investor who has lost everything (Jack O’Connell) forcefully takes over their studio. During a tense standoff broadcast to millions on live TV, Lee and Patty must work furiously against the clock to unravel the mystery behind a conspiracy at the heart of today’s fast-paced, high-tech global markets.
The full official selection for Cannes will be announced mid-April —BBC