The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival kicks off on May 11

By Peter Mikelbank
Updated March 29, 2016 09:40 AM
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This year’s Cannes Film Festival is upping the star power.

On Tuesday, organizers announced the selection of Woody Allen’s Café Society, starring Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively, as the festival’s opening-night selection for May 11. The film, a paean to ’30s Hollywood, also includes Jesse Eisenberg, Parker Posey and Steve Carell.

For Woody Allen, this selection marks the 14th film he’ll bring to the world’s most glamorous film festival. The iconic director’s record-setting string of pictures shown at the festival goes back to Manhattan in 1979.

Stewart, who last year became the first American actress to win France’s César Award for her performance in Clouds of Sils Maria, has become something of a Cannes regular and favorite with appearances in 2012’s On The Road and 2014’s Sils Maria.

Lively, Eisenberg and Carell have all been to the festival before as well. Café Society will show out of competition and open in French cinemas on the same day. It hits U.S. theaters on Oct. 12.

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival runs May 11 to 22.