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Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' to Open 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Posted 02-Feb-2011

Woody Allen is no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. Indeed, and if you'll pardon the near-pun, his last film, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger", was shown in an out of competition slot at last year's event.

"Midnight in Paris" is a new rom-com from the rather busy director. The cast includes Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Marion Cotillard, and a cameo from French first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.

Having a high-profile Hollywood film in the opening night slot is pretty standard fare these days - it guarantees plenty of column inches for the festival, as well as star quota on the red carpet. What's unusual this year is that the film will also open in French cinemas on the same day so that, according to festival organisers, "audiences can experience live the entire programme of the opening night". This includes providing a feed to any French cinema which wants it of the opening night proceedings.

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