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Cannes: Woody Allen's latest film to open the festival in May

Cannes: Woody Allen's latest film to open the festival in May
By Catherine Hardy with AFP, Reuters
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"Cafe Society" follows in the footsteps of "Midnight in Paris" and "Hollywood Ending"


Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society” will open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Announcing the news, the organisers say it is the third time the acclaimed American writer and director has opened the event with one of his films.

The film will open the festival on the 11 May, the same day it comes out in cinemas across France.

Woody Allen’s hit list

  • 2002 Hollywood Ending
  • 2011 Midnight in Paris

Cafe Society

  • Allen’s 14th out-of-competition screening
  • Stars ‘The Social Network’ actor Jesse Eisenberg
  • Also stars ‘Twilight’ actress Kristen Stewart

The film tells the story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry.

He falls in love and finds himself swept up in the cafe society that defined the spirit of the age.

When is the Cannes festival?

The 69th Cannes film festival will run from May 11-22 2016.

“Mad Max” director George Miller will head the competition jury.

In tweets

Woody Allen's Café Society to open 2016 Cannes Film Festival

— Indy Film (@TheIndyFilm) March 29, 2016

“Cafe Society” is Woody Allen’s latest film > Woody Allen's Café Society to open the 69th Festival du Film de

— Cannes Film Coverage (@CannesCoverage) March 29, 2016

It is the third time an Allen film has been chosen to open the iconic festival in Cannes. > TRIBUTO | Hollywood Ending” (2002) con Woody Allen y Téa Leoni

— El Otro Cine (@elotrocinecl) December 2, 2015

The first time an Allen film opened Cannes was in 2002 – “Hollywood Ending” > “Café Society“de Woody Allen inaugurará #Cannes2016

Ojalá tenga otro “Midnight in Paris”

— Filmin (@Filmin) March 29, 2016

“Midnight in Paris” opened the festival in 2011. ### Did you know?

  • Woody Allen is 80 years old

What they are saying

“From ‘Manhattan’ in 1979 to ‘Irrational Man’ in 2015, this is the 14th out-of-competition selection at Cannes for Woody Allen, the american director, screenwriter, actor, author and comedian who has made a prolific contribution to cinema over the last 40 years.”Cannes Film Festival statement

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