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article imageMoonrise Kingdom to open Cannes Film Festival

By Tim Sandle     Mar 9, 2012 in Entertainment
The movie "Moonrise Kingdom", starring Bruce Willis and Edward Norton, has been selected to open this year's Cannes Film Festival.
The movie "Moonrise Kingdom" has been selected to open the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. The film stars Bruce Willis and Ed Norton., and also features Frances McDormand, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton.
The movie, co-written and directed by Wes Anderson, is set in the 1960's. The plot concerns a young pair of lovers who run away from home, prompting a huge search party. The film is Wes Anderson's first live-action film from director since "The Darjeeling Limited" in 2007. Anderson co-wrote the film with Roman Coppola ("The Royal Tenenbaums" and " The Life Aquatic"), the son of the acclaimed film director Francis Ford Coppola.
Yahoo News states that the tagline for the film is a "tormenting and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965."
Hollywood Reporter quotes the festival's artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who said of "Moonrise Kingdom":
"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".
The 65th Cannes International Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the world (it is an invitation only event). The 2012 event runs for eleven days and begin on May 16. The event is held at the at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The most coveted award of the festival is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm).
As well as opening the festival on the first Friday, "Moonrise Kingdom" will also open in French cinemas on the same day. Moviefone states that the US release date is May 25.
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