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Cannes Opening Film is Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'

Photo of Anne Thompson 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 ("The 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").
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'Moonrise Kingdom"
'Moonrise Kingdom"

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.

This article is related to: Festivals, Festivals, Cannes


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.