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Woody Allen's "Cafe Society" to open Cannes Film Festival
In this May 15, 2015 file photo, director Woody Allen attends a press conference for the film "Irrational Man" at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
  • PARIS (AP)
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Woody Allen's latest film, "Cafe Society," will open this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Programmers say the movie, starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, will have its red-carpet premiere at the French Riviera festival on May 11.

Blake Lively, Parker Posey and Steve Carell also appear in the film, set in Hollywood in the 1930s.

Tuesday's announcement confirms Cannes' love affair with the 81-year-old American director. It's Allen's third film to open the festival, after "Hollywood Ending" in 2002 and "Midnight in Paris" in 2011.

"Cafe Society" is not in competition for the Palme D'Or and other prizes, to be awarded by a jury headed by "Mad Max" director George Miller.

The 69th Cannes Film Festival runs May 11-22.