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Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society’ to Open 2016 Cannes Film Festival

Cafe Society

Cafe Society

Woody Allen’s latest, “Café Society,” will open the 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes on May 11, it was announced today.

The move marks the third time one of Allen’s films has opened the famous French film fest, a festival record. It is also Allen’s fourteenth film to show at Cannes in the Out of Competition section.

The festival, which runs from May 11th to the 22nd, will screen the film on opening night at the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière as an Official Selection Out of Competition film. Allen’s other films to open the festival were 2002’s “Hollywood Ending” and 2011’s “Midnight in Paris.”

Café Society” is the story of a young man (played by Jesse Eisenberg) who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There, he falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age. Eisenberg’s “Adventureland” co-star (and César winner) Kristen Stewart plays Theresa, the woman he falls in love with. Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell also star.

Allen, who wrote and directed the pic, teamed up with Oscar-winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Now,” “Reds,” “The Last Emperor”) on the film. Per Indiewire, the film was rather expensive to make (it came with a $30 million price tag), which led to a team-up with Amazon instead of the director’s usual Sony Pictures Classics for distribution.

Mad Max: Fury Road” helmer George Miller is presiding over the Competition Jury this year. The Official Selection films are set to be announced April 14.


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Written by Lauren Huff

Lauren Huff is a film and awards geek. When she's not writing about film and the industry, she's drinking coffee, reading mystery novels or hanging out with her husband and stinking-cute puppy. She's reported from the red carpets of Austin Film Festival, SXSW and various film premieres. Her work has appeared in several outlets, including Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, Us Weekly and more.

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