'Moonrise Kingdom' First Film Set for Cannes, Opens the Fest in May
by Alex Billington
March 9, 2012
It was been confirmed and officially announced by the Cannes Film Festival that Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom will be opening the festival, which kicks off on May 16th in South France. They recently revealed the official Marilyn Monroe poster for the 65th festival, and we also posted the first poster for Moonrise Kingdom just yesterday. Cannes Film Fest President Gilles Jacob is glad to proclaim: "With Wes Anderson opening the 65th Festival de Cannes, young American cinema will be celebrated on the Croisette." I am returning to Cannes again for my fourth year and cannot wait to kick it off with this film.
Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, his seventh feature film, was filmed on an island in New England. It recounts a tormented and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965 (watch the trailer here). The cast includes: Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Jason Schwartzman as well as Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman playing the two young lovers. The film will be hitting theaters in the US starting May 25th, just after the fest, so it's likely to come out with some buzz and hit the American cinema market hard (as many seem very excited for this).
Thierry Frémaux, Cannes General Delegate, commented: "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." I would certainly agree, I'm a big Wes Anderson fan myself, and I'm immensely excited to be kicking off yet another Cannes with his film. My feelings about how amazing this year's festival might be are starting to come true.