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Woody Allen’s latest film, Cafe Society, will be featured during the Opening Night Gala of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival.
Cafe Society stars Jesse Eisenberg as a young man who arrives in Hollywood from New York during the 1930s and finds himself swept up in the cafe society of the age. Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey and Blake Lively also star.
“Woody Allen delivers a delightful, vibrant and entertaining tale that continues to expand his repertory of acting talent. Combining the power of SIFF, which boasts the largest audience of any film festival in the country, with an emerging Seattle-based film distribution powerhouse that firmly believes in the theatrical experience, along with one of our most acclaimed directors, is a perfect match,” said festival director Carl Spence.
Cafe Society will have its premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.
The film is being distributed by Amazon. The Seattle-based company has six titles at the festival, including Author: The JT LeRoy Story, The Dressmaker and Gleason.
The 42nd Seattle International Film Festival will run from May 19 to June 12.
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— Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) 14 avril 2016
The Hollywood Reporter : Just hours after learning that five of its films will play the Cannes Film Festival, Roy Price’s Amazon Studios revealed in Las Vegas that the streaming service is teaming with Lionsgate to release Woody Allen’s Cafe Society — which opens the festival — in theaters in August.
Price, speaking at CinemaCon, also made it clear the streaming service will give most of its original movies a proper theatrical release, unlike rival Netflix.
“A good robust theatrical run is good for everyone,” Price told the crowd, prompting several rounds of applause. “Therefore, almost all of our films will have full theatrical releases. Our goals are aligned with exhibition.”
Amazon Studios marketing Bob Berney led the lunch presentation. It’s a coup that Amazon was part of the official program at CinemaCon, considering many exhibitors have been leery about Netflix and Amazon’s move into the original movie business. However, Amazon has quickly decided that it’s better for their films to play first in theaters and honor the 90-day window before making them available to Amazon Prime customers. Otherwise, most theaters will refuse to play the movies at all.
While festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee still have many titles to screen and many decisions to make before nailing down their lineup in mid April, the film slate is starting to come into focus with a marked emphasis on starry English-language fare, as already signaled by the announcement earlier this week that Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster,” with George Clooney and Julia Roberts, is Cannes-bound.
A slot in the official selection has already been reserved for “Loving,” Nichols’ civil rights drama starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga as an interracial couple in 1958 Virginia. Set to open theatrically Nov. 4 through Focus Features, the film would mark a return to Cannes for Nichols after “Take Shelter” (2011, Critics’ Week) and “Mud” (2012, competition). It would also put him in the rare company of directors who have had different films play Berlin and Cannes in the same year, having recently competed for the Golden Bear with the just-released “Midnight Special.”
A likely competition slot awaits “The Last Face,” Penn’s drama starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem as aid workers who fall in love against the backdrop of war-torn Liberia. Already stirring gossip as it will put Penn and Theron on the red carpet after they broke off their engagement last year, the film marks a return to Cannes for the actor-turned-director after his helming debut, “The Indian Runner” (1991, Directors’ Fortnight) and “The Pledge” (2001, competition). Penn served as president of the official Cannes jury in 2008.
Also set to bow in Cannes is Woody Allen’s until-recently-untitled 1930s romance “Cafe Society,” starring Kristen Stewart, Bruce Willis and Jesse Eisenberg. Set to be released by Amazon Studios (rather than the director’s usual distributor, Sony Pictures Classics), Allen’s film will screen, per his usual preference, in an out-of-competition slot. The director was at Cannes just last year with “Irrational Man.”
While an opening-night film has yet to be decided, “Cafe Society” is said to be one of a few films in the running. Allen previously opened the festival in 2011 with “Midnight in Paris.”
The 69th Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.
Woody Allen Pages : It’s 2016! And we eagerly await details of Woody Allen’s yearly work, his 2016 Film. We got a little tidbit this week as France was the first to announce a release date.
The film is still untitled at this point. But the French distributor Mars Distribution have announced that they will be releasing the film. Le Figaro has run the date as September.