Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 01 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Coverage of Gaza in the Israeli media

Read more

REPORTERS

1914-1918: The Depths of Hell

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 01 August 2014

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

Read more

#THE 51%

World War One: The war that changed women’s lives

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Ségolène Royal goes for green

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

A look back at some of the Observers' best stories

Read more

DEBATE

Argentina Defaults: Kirchner Cries Foul Over 'Vulture Funds' (part 2)

Read more

  • Hamas denies capturing Israeli soldier as Gaza truce lies in tatters

    Read more

  • Exclusive: Israel's US ambassador speaks to FRANCE 24

    Read more

  • Police 'chokehold' caused NYC death, coroner rules

    Read more

  • Air France ground workers to strike on August 2

    Read more

  • Rogue general denies Islamist seizure of Benghazi

    Read more

  • Ugandan court strikes down anti-gay legislation

    Read more

  • 1914-1918: The Depths of Hell

    Read more

  • Regional summit to tackle deadly Ebola outbreak

    Read more

  • French hospital to open wine bar for terminally ill patients

    Read more

  • Video: Tipping is dying out in French café culture

    Read more

  • €2.5 million in cocaine ‘disappears’ from Paris police HQ

    Read more

  • Appeal court keeps French rogue trader Kerviel in jail

    Read more

  • Interactive: France’s new plan to counter jihadism in Africa

    Read more

  • Ukrainian army suffers losses in separatist attack

    Read more

  • Argentinian markets plummet following default

    Read more

  • French Jews speak of growing fear in Paris amid Gaza conflict

    Read more

Culture

Woody Allen, Carla Bruni film to open Cannes Film Festival

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-05-12

Cannes Film Festival organisers announced Wednesday that Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris", which features France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy in a minor role, will be the opening night movie in May.

AFP - US director Woody Allen's latest film "Midnight in Paris" -- featuring French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy -- will open the Cannes film festival in May, organisers said Wednesday.

The romantic comedy, shot last year in the French capital and starring Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard as well as Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody, will be shown out of competition at the world's most prestigious film bash.

"'Midnight in Paris' is a wonderful love letter to Paris," said Festival director Thierry Fremaux.

"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," he said in a statement.

Tabloid reports said that Bruni-Sarkozy was so bad in her cameo role as a tour guide at Paris' Rodin Museum that Allen was considering leaving her out of the final cut, but the director later insisted he was keeping her scene.

The list of films picked for the official selection competing for the festival's top prizes will be made public in April.

US actor and director Robert De Niro will be president of the jury of this year's festival, which opens on May 11 on the French Riviera.

De Niro, 67, will the third American in four years to head the jury, after director Tim Burton in 2010 and actor-director Sean Penn in 2008.

Last year a surreal movie from Thailand about the reveries of a dying man was the surprise winner of the Palme d'Or top prize.

Date created : 2011-02-02

  • ENTERTAINMENT

    Carla Bruni-Sarkozy makes acting debut with Woody Allen

    Read more

  • CINEMA

    Carla Bruni-Sarkozy cast in Woody Allen film

    Read more

COMMENT(S)