Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” will open the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11th, the festival announced today. This marks Allen’s second consecutive trip to the Croisette after “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” and tenth overall, but this is his first time opening the festival.
Starring Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Owen Wilson, the film will be released in the U.S. via Sony Pictures Classics. It is produced by Letty Aronson, Steve Tenenbaum, and Jaume Roures, and financed by Mediapro, the Spain-based company which also funded “Vicky Christina Barcelona” and “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.”
“Paris” marks the sixth English-language title in a row to open Cannes. Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” opened the festival last year, following Pixar/Disney 3-D animated film, “Up” in 2009, Fernando Meirelles’ “Blindness” in 2008, Wong Kar-wai’s “My Blueberry Nights,” and Ron Howard’s “The Da Vinci Code” in 2006.
The 2011 Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.