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Cannes: Woody Allen’s’ ‘Café Society,’ Starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, to Open Festival

Cannes: Woody Allen’s' 'Café Society,' Starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, to Open Festival

As expected, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux has selected Woody Allen’s latest, "Café Society," to open the 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes (May 11 to 22). The film will make its world premiere on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’ Grand Théâtre Lumière, per usual for Woody Allen, as an Official Selection Out of Competition title. It’s a record-breaking coup for the New York director who has already opened the Festival twice, with "Hollywood Ending" (2002) and "Midnight in Paris" (2011). 
The Competition Jury will be presided over by George Miller, and the Official Selection titles are due to be announced on April 14 (Indiewire takes a stab at what they might be here)

Cannes veteran Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in last year’s Competition entry, Joachim Trier’s "Louder than Bombs" (April 8), moves from Lex Luthor in franchise blockbuster "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" to playing a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry. There he falls in love with a woman played by frequent Cannes attendee and César-winner Kristen Stewart (Olivier Assayas’ "Clouds of Sils Maria"). Eisenberg and Stewart also co-starred in 2009’s "Adventureland," directed by Greg Mottola.

The $30 million period "Café Society" was so expensive that Allen pacted with deep-pocketed Amazon, and not his usual distributor Sony Pictures Classics, to release the film stateside. Thus we can expect Amazon’s rising Hollywood powerbrokers Roy Price, Ted Hope and Bob Berney to walk the red carpet on opening night to accompany their first Cannes opener.

 
"Café Society" also features Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Woody Allen also joined forces on the film with Oscar-winning cinematographer and 1991 Cannes jury member Vittorio Storaro ("Apocalypse Now," "Reds," "The Last Emperor"). 
 
From "Manhattan" in 1979 to "Irrational Man" in 2015, this marks triple-threat Allen’s fourteenth Out of Competition selection at Cannes. The New York director born on 1 December 1935 has been directing virtually a film a year since the 1970s after his career  launch in 1965 with "What’s New Pussycat?" which he both wrote and acted in. Then came his directorial debut "What’s Up Tiger Lily?" in 1966. He soon began to star in his own films, going on to win four Oscars out of 20 nominations ("Annie Hall" in 1978, "Hannah and Her Sisters" in 1987 and "Midnight in Paris" in 2012). 
 
"Café Society" was produced by Letty Aronson (Gravier Productions), Stephen Tenenbaum and Edward Walson, as a co-production with Helen Robin (Perdido Productions). Executive producers were Ronald L. Chez, Adam B. Stern and Marc I. Stern. In France, the film will hit theatres to coincide with the official opening of the Festival de Cannes on Wednesday 11 May, 2016.
 
The opening ceremony, hosted by Laurent Lafitte, will be broadcast by Canal +.

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Donald Clarke

If you include New York Stories, this will actually be the fourth time Allen has opened Cannes.

Rhonda G Bierer

Really looking forward to this film. The mystic that Mr. Allen leaves out there leaves us wanting more. So glad Jesse and Kristen get to be a part of the record breaking opening in the Cannes Film Festival Mr. Woody Allen’s film.

Rhonda Bierer

As I was re-reading my post it sent it out there. Has I was saying it was nice that Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg get to be a part of Mr. Woody Allen’s record breaking opening at the Cannes Film Festival. I’m sure there will be fun for all. It’s lovely there and I would be delighted to be there

Rhonda Bierer

Cont. for the opening of the movie "Cafe Society"! Please forgive my interruption in posts, but, it happens when the phone rings too. Good luck to all of you who have been a part of this charming movie! Great job!

Ben

Nice, but make sure that no underage girls are near Allen in Cannes…

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Looking forward to seeing this film. The cast is amazing.

J.m.

I can’t believe people still support this child molesting douchebag

Tutu

Working with an accused pedophile is not a good look. Of course Kristen Stewart has her own cheating scandal and messy love life with her new French girlfriend, Soko, in the news on a daily basis, so the Cannes red carpet will be another tabloid free for all. Let’s hope Stewart can refrain from flipping the bird, cursing, booing the professional photographers who are there to help her promote her films and acting like an ugly American this time for a change.

@tutu

Stay mad, Truthy! I know it hurts!

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