Woody Allen's Café Society to open Cannes 2016

Woody Allen's new film 'Café Society' has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival.

Woody Allen's Café Society to open Cannes 2016

Woody Allen's 'Café Society' will open the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

The 80-year-old director's latest movie, which is set in 1930s Hollywood and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart, has been chosen for the privileged spot and it is the third time one of Woody's films has been bestowed the honour - making him the first filmmaker to do so.

Woody's previous opening night showings were 'Hollywood Ending' in 2002 and 'Midnight in Paris' in 2011.

'Café Society' will screen out of competition at this year's event, which runs from May 11 to May 22, ahead of its release later this year.

From 'Manhattan' in 1979 to 'Irrational Man' in 2015, this will be the fourteenth out of competition selection at Cannes for the American director, screenwriter, actor, writer and comedian.

Talking about the film, a statement released on behalf of the Cannes Film Festival read: "The film tells the story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant café society that defined the spirit of the age."

The movie is also the third time Kirsten and Jesse have played a couple with romance previously brewing between the pair in 'Adventureland' and 'American Ultra'.

Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell also star in 'Café Society'.

The 60th Cannes Film Festival is expected to announce its full line-up on April 14.

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