Wes Anderson to Open Cannes Film Festival With 'Moonrise Kingdom'

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We had thought that perhaps Wes Anderson, no stranger to New York City, might premiere 'Moonrise Kingdom', his latest film, at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival (Anderson has been no stranger to screenings and Q&A's in Tribeca). But Anderson and Focus Features clearly had their sights set a little higher.

It was announced yesterday that 'Moonrise Kingdom' would serve as the prestigious opening night film at the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The film will premiere on May 16th, just about a week before it opens in the U.S. on May 25th. The film follows two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness during summer camp.

Said Cannes Artistic Director Thierry Fremaux of their choice:

"Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in 'Moonrise Kingdom', which once again is a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve. Sensitive and independent, this admirer of Fellini and Renoir is also in his own right a brilliant and inventive filmmaker."

Anderson will likely bring the film's stars Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand and Tilda Swinton with him to the French festival for the premiere. It's the first time Anderson has debuted a film at Cannes but the eighth straight year Cannes has chosen an English-language film to open their festival.

If you need to catch up on your Wes Anderson, you can watch the trailer for 'Moonrise Kingdom' below.

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