Jim Jarmusch’s ‘The Dead Don’t Die’ to Open Cannes Film Festival


In an exclusive from Variety, Jim Jarmusch‘s “The Dead Don’t Die” will be screening at Cannes Film Festival opening night.

Earlier this month we saw the official first trailer for the zombie flick which casts Oscar nominated Adam Driver and Bill Murray. The patrolling pair slice up the walking dead as they try and bring peace back to a small town.

From the article:

The movie, Jarmusch’s third with indie studio Focus Features, unfolds in the peaceful town of Centerville, which suddenly finds itself under attack by zombies. Murray, Driver and Sevigny play the small-town sheriff’s deputies battling the reincarnated corpses breaking out from their graves. Jarmusch also wrote the script for the dark comedy, which will be the first film to screen at this year’s Cannes in competition for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize. Jarmusch has a deep relationship with Cannes, dating back to his “Stranger Than Paradise,” which won the Camera d’Or in 1984.

The film looks to be a crowd pleaser. If a success, this cements Jarmusch into critical success. This bodes well for his films that aren’t just indie darlings (“Broken Flowers,” “Paterson” and “Night on Earth”). Jarmusch is a versatile director and his choice of a zombie apocalypse falls within the fantasy suspension of “Only Lovers Left Alive.”

The cast includes Chloë Sevigny, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Tilda Swinton, Caleb Landry Jones, Austin Butler, Tom Waits, Rosie Perez, and Danny Glover. Jarmusch rounds up talent from his past projects along with newcomers. This could be another comedic outing for Driver to excel. It also houses potential greatness for Swinton, Murray and Sevigny to have fun.

“The Dead Don’t Die” is produced by Animal Kingdom. Jarmusch is serving as the  sole writing credit. Focus Features is distributing the film domestically on June 14 and it is screening opening night at the Cannes Film Festival on May 14.

Be sure to read the film’s Awards Circuit’s profile to see how we think it fares come awards season. Could Jarmusch make a splash into the Oscar conversation?

What do you think of “The Dead Don’t Die” opening up Cannes? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!