Kristen Stewart’s “Cafe Society” Directed By Woody Allen To Open Cannes Film Festival

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Cafe Society Cannes Opening

By Shari Weiss

Cafe Society Cannes Opening

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Cafe Society, Woody Allen’s new movie starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, will open the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it was announced on Tuesday.

The 69th annual Cannes is slated to begin on May 11 with Cafe Society in an out-of-competition slot to kick off the star-studded event. According to festival organizers, “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.” This marks the first time any plot details, and even the movie’s title, have been revealed.

As Gossip Cop reported, it was announced a year ago that Stewart and Eisenberg would star in the project with Bruce Willis. Willis, however, later dropped out and was replaced by Steve Carell. Additional cast members include Blake Lively, Corey Stoll, and Parker Posey.

Filming began last August, and in September, Stewart praised Allen as a “gentle” director. She also described her character as “quite buoyant,” and someone who “exemplifies lightness.” Based on set photos of the actress kissing Eisenberg, it’s believed their characters end up in a romance, as alluded to in the description above.

The movie is the third collaboration for Stewart and Eisenberg after last year’s American Ultra and 2009’s Adventureland. While Cafe Society does not yet currently have a theatrical release date, Amazon bought the distribution rights earlier this year. Cannes will serve as the film’s world premiere.

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