Moonrise Kingdom to Open Film Festival

Moonrise Kingdom, the film by Wes Anderson starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton, will open the 65th Cannes Film Festival in May.

This is the second year in a row that an American movie will open the famous film festival. Last year Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris kicked off the event. Anderson is viewed by many, including the festival’s artistic director Thierry Fremaux, as one of the rising powers in American cinema whose previous movies include Darjeeling Limited, 2001’s The Royal Tenebaums and 1998’s RushmoreMoonrise Kingdom follows a pair of young lovers in 1960s New England who run away from home prompting a search party led by the sheriff (Bruce Willis) to find them.

The full Cannes schedule is to be announced April 19 but there is plenty of speculation as to what movies will complete the festival’s lineup. Many people are expecting to see David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis as a candidate given its French release date, while Park Chan’s first English language film Stoker starring Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode is also creating a lot of buzz. Film Festival regulars Woody Allen, Michael Haneke, Ken Loach and Abbas Kiarostami all have movies out around the time of the festival, so it’s pretty certain that a few of them will be unveiling their creations on the Croisette.

Lawless a film by John Hillcoat and the musician Nick Cave stars Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman and is being tipped by many to be a Cannes entry this year as is Killing Me Softy by Andrew Dominik. This will be the latter’s first film since his release The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007. If it is an entry at the Croisette it will give the festival a major star in the form of Brad Pitt.

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