Cannes picks American indie wunderkind to open its anniversary event.
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9 Mar 2012 - 6:08 PM  UPDATED 9 Mar 2012 - 6:08 PM

Cannes organisers have announced that Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom will open the 65th Cannes Film Festival on May 16.

Moonrise Kingdom will be Anderson's first film selected to screen at the festival, and it is set to become the seventh English-language film to open the premier international film event. It follows Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris last year, and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, Pete Docter's Up, Fernando Meirelles's Blindness, Wong Kar Wai's My Blueberry Nights and Ron Howard's The Da Vinci Code.

“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," Thierry Frémaux, the Festival's General Delegate, said of his selection. "Sensitive and independent, this admirer of Fellini and Renoir is also in his own right a brilliant and inventive filmmaker.”

Moonrise Kingdom
is described as “a tormented and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965”. It stars Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman.

Nanni Moretti will preside over the jury of the festival, which runs May 16-27.

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