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Woody Allen’s Latest Film Cafe Society Set To Open Cannes Film Festival

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Woody Allen is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. After all the multiple Oscar winning director/writer has screened 13 movies at the festival before, and opened the festival twice. Now each of those number will climb as his latest film, Cafe Society, is set to screen on the festival’s opening night, May 11th.

Cafe Society stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, and is set in 1930s Hollywood. It centers on a young man played by Eisenberg who, according to the festival, “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.” The film also stars Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell.

Allen previously opened the festival in 2011 with Midnight in Paris, and in 2002 with Hollywood Ending. Cafe Society will play out of competition, which means that it cannot compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or and other top prizes. Still with this being his third Cannes opening film, Allen now holds the record for most openings at the festival. It also marks the first film from Amazon Studios to open the festival.

Cafe Society has as of yet to receive a theatrical release date, but it is expected to be sometime later this year.



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