Woody Allen’s Hollywood Period Piece “Café Society” to Open Cannes
The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as a couple in the 1930s.
Given that Woody Allen is set to release his first-ever television series this year via Amazon, he would’ve been forgiven for breaking his nearly unbroken one-a-year movie release schedule. Nevertheless, at age eighty, Allen has not let working with Miley Cyrus be an excuse for breaking that schedule, and has another film in the can ready to fly.
Café Society, Allen’s forty-sixth feature film, has been announced as the opener for the upcoming sixty-ninth annual Cannes Film Festival. According to Variety, this makes Allen the first director to have three opening night films at the prestigious festival, following Hollywood Ending in 2002 and Midnight in Paris in 2011.
This latest project is set in Hollywood in the 1930s, and stars Jesse Eisenberg (who previously worked with Allen in To Rome with Love) and Kristen Stewart as a couple in the midst of a burgeoning film society. Steve Carell, Parker Posey, Blake Lively, and Judy Davis also have roles listed on IMDb.
Besides Café Society, the only other films announced to screen are Steven Spielberg’s take on Roald Dahl in The BFG and Jodie Foster’s Network-inspired thriller Money Monster. The full list of selections will be announced next month.
The sixty-ninth Cannes Film Festival is from May 11–12.