Opening the 69th Festival International du Film de Cannes this year will be a screening of Woody Allen’s new film “Café Society,” the event will take place on Wednesday May 11, 2016.
The screening will take place in the Palais des Festivals’s Grand Théâtre Lumière as an Official Selection Out of Competition title.
Allen has opened the Festival twice in the past, first in 2002 with “Hollywood Ending,” then again in 2011 his film “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 Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg alongside 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 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.
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 May 11, 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.