By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 9, 2012 at 12:27AM
The 65th Festival de Cannes will open May 16 with an American movie, "Moonrise Kingdom," the new film from Wes Anderson (2009's "Fantastic Mr. Fox"). Cannes will run from Wednesday May 16 to Sunday May 27.
This year's Cannes jury is headed by Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti ("We Have a Pope").
The dark family comedy "Moonrise Kingdom" is set in 1965 on an island in New England and stars Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman. Anderson co-wrote the screenplay with frequent collaborator Roman Coppola (2007's "The Darjeeling Limited"). In-demand Alexandre Desplat ("Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close") composed the score. The film is produced by Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson for Focus Features and Indian Paintbrush,
Born in 1969, Anderson also directed "Bottle Rocket" (1996), "Rushmore" (1998), "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001) and "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004).
Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, calls Anderson "one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch...Sensitive and independent, this admirer of Fellini and Renoir is also in his own right a brilliant and inventive filmmaker.”
Distributed by Studio Canal, the film will be released in France on May 16 day and date with its screening in Cannes. Focus will open the film on May 25 stateside.
While many industry insiders are guessing at what the official selection will be, the Festival will announce the Competition, Un Certain Regard, and Out of Competition titles on Thursday, April 19.