Woody Allen's Cafe Society, starring Kristen Stewart, to open Cannes film festival

Woody Allen posing during the photocall for Irrational Man at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Woody Allen posing during the photocall for Irrational Man at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival. PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (REUTERS) - Woody Allen's Cafe Society will kick off this year's Cannes film festival, organisers said on Tuesday, the third time the acclaimed American writer and director is opening the event with one of his movies.

Cafe Society, which stars The Social Network actor Jesse Eisenberg and Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, will screen out of competition on May 11.

Allen has previously opened the prestigious annual festival, held in the south of France, with Hollywood Ending in 2002 and Midnight In Paris in 2011.

Cafe Society is the 14th out-of-competition screening at Cannes for Allen, according to the festival organisers.

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 cafe society that defined the spirit of the age, they said in a statement.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival will run from May 11-22. Mad Max director George Miller will head the competition jury.