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Woody Allen To Open Cannes 2011 with Midnight in Paris, A "Love Letter" to the City

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 2, 2011 at 4:19AM

Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris will open the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 11. Here, the film will have its world premiere out of competition, as did You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and Match Point (2005).
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Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris will open the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 11. Here, the film will have its world premiere out of competition, as did You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010), Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008) and Match Point (2005).

Allen's first directorial outing in France, Midnight in Paris is also his first film to open Cannes. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Marion Cotillard, as well as Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux, the romantic comedy is "a wonderful love letter to Paris," says fest director Thierry Frémaux:

"It’s a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration."

French audiences will be able to see the film in 400 theaters on the same day, distributed through Mars Films. Sony has North American rights; we recently took a look at the fate of their past partnerships.

[Photo: Roger Arpajou © 2011 Mediapro, Versátil, & Gravier Productions]

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Stuck In Love, Woody Allen, Cannes, comedy, Romance, Screenwriters


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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.