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First Look: Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart In Woody Allen’s ‘Café Society,’ Film Will Open Cannes

First Look: Jesse Eisenberg & Kristen Stewart In Woody Allen's 'Café Society,' Film Will Open Cannes

The first time Woody Allen landed on the Croisette for one of his pictures, it was with “Manhattan” in 1979 and ever since he’s become a staple of the Cannes Film Festival. And this year he’s back once again with another starry effort, and it will kick off the festivities in the south of France.

The director’s latest, “Café Society,” has been selected as the opening film of the 69th Cannes Film Festival. Starring Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, Anna Camp, Paul Schneider, and Steve Carell and lensed digitally by three-time Academy Award winner Vittorio Storaro (“Apocalypse Now,” “Reds,” “The Last Emperor“) the story follows 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 café society that defined the spirit of the age. 

Amazon will release the film later this year. Cannes runs from May 11th to 22nd. Here’s the official press release: 

Festival International du Film de Cannes will launch with a screening of Woody Allen’s new film, Café Society, on Wednesday 11 May in the Palais des Festivals’s Grand Théâtre Lumière 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, in 2002 with Hollywood Ending, and again in 2011 with Midnight in Paris.
The film 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 café society that defined the spirit of the age. 
Café Society features two rising stars from Hollywood’s up-and-coming generation, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg alongside a stellar cast of acclaimed actors including Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell. Stewart climbed the Red Carpet Steps at Cannes in 2012 for On the Road by Walter Salles and then in 2014 for Olivier Assayas’s Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a César. Jesse Eisenberg starred in Louder than Bombs by Joachim Trier, In Competition last year.
Woody Allen also joined forces with Vittorio Storaro for the film. The eminent director of photography was a member of the Feature Film jury in 1991 and is a three-time Oscar winner for Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola in 1980, Reds by Warren Beatty in 1982, and The Last Emperor by Bernardo Bertolucci in 1988. 
From Manhattan in 1979 to Irrational Man in 2015, this will be the fourteenth Out of Competition selection at Cannes for the American director, screenwriter, actor, writer and comedian. Woody Allen was born in New York on 1 December 1935 into a Jewish family of Russian-Austrian descent. A prolific film-maker for the past forty years, directing virtually a film a year since the 1970s, he is also a jazz clarinettist. His career in film began 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 (for Annie Hall in 1978, Hannah and Her Sisters in 1987 and Midnight in Paris in 2012). He has been nominated twenty times for the famous award, which he has never turned up to collect. Manhattan, Match Point, Take the Money and Run, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Deconstructing Harry number among his other successes.
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. The film was sold by FilmNation Entertainment and distributed on French territory by Mars Films.
In France, its release in cinemas is scheduled 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 +.
The 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes will take place between 11 and 22 May, 2016. The Competition Jury will be presided over by George Miller, and the Official Selection titles are due to be announced on 14 April.

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Au contraire

Kristen Stewart is the most hyped actress in the world, not the best. She has no Oscar nominations, no Golden Globe nominations, etc. Jennifer Lawrence, Saorise Ronan, even Brie Larson can act her off the screen. She’s not in their league. That foreign award that no one ever heard of does not make her a great actress, it makes for great PR. Too bad she can’t attract an audience for her great performances, either. She and hr team may have wooed and won over the critics, but we’re side-eyeing them because she just played herself in Sils Maria, employing every tick and nervous habit she’s displayed in every other film she’s ever made. There was no acting involved. Her fans need to take it down a notch, we have second-hand embarrassment for them.

Candy Hui

Congratulations to Kristen, you’re the best actress in the world.������✌����


Cafe Society is not in competition, it’s just for show, and the French don’t care that Woody Allen is an accused pedophile. Same disregard they have for Kristen Stewart’s scandalous cheating past. They give them a pass and even reward them. Not so much in the US. She bit her lip, played with her hair, fidgeted and huffed her way through Sils Maria, where she was supposed to be displaying such outstanding acting. She just played herself, so it will be interesting to see if she could finally create a real character for Woody. Regardless, she will probably be praised anyway by the tone deaf critics who seem to be blind to all her ticks she brings to every film.


Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Debra Winger, Eric Balfour, Emory Cohen, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).

Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Ryan Potter, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, and Harrison Ford (whose maternal grandparents were both Jewish, despite those Hanukkah Song lyrics).

Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.

Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.


Hope it’s better than the previous 2 movies

I heard this one won’t even get more than a 3 day theatre release in the US LOL
Woody hasn’t written a good screenplay for years


Another sad bunch of has beens prepared to work with this sick guy

oogle monster

I was able to read the synopsis with a straight face until this line "acclaimed actors including Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell" — how Blake Lively is considered acclaimed let alone placed in the same sentence as actually acclaimed actors like Posey and Carrell is beyond me. Girl can’t even mumble her way through her a scene.




Congratulations to the entire team of Woody Allen’s film. I hope it’ll receive the critical acclamation it deserves. Hopefully Kristen’s other film Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas will get in too. Fingers crossed.

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