Opening film at Cannes
PARIS - Reuters
Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ will be the opening film of Cannes on May 16.The 2012 Cannes film festival will open with Wes Anderson’s 1960s drama “Moonrise Kingdom,” starring Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, organizers said on March 9.
The story revolves around two young lovers who run away from their New England homes, prompting locals to send out a search party. Cannes president Gilles Jacob said the choice of Anderson as the director of the opening movie was a way of showcasing young American cinema at the world’s biggest film festival.
The winner of the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture last year was veteran U.S. film maker Terrence Malick and his epic tale “The Tree of Life”.
This year’s festival will run from May 16-27, and the jury picking the awards will be led by Italian actor/director Nanni Moretti.