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Moonrise Kingdom to open Cannes Film Festival

Moonlight Kingdom

Story by Jack Foley

WES Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is to open the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

The star-studded movie is set in the ’60s and focuses on a young pair of lovers who run away from home, prompting a huge search party. It stars Anderson regular Bill Murray as well as Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

Anderson co-wrote the screenplay with Roman Coppola – director Francis Ford Coppola’s son.

The director is hitherto best known for The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and Fantastic Mr Fox.

Annuncing the opening film, Cannes organisers said that Moonrise Kingdom was a “tormented and surprising story of children and adults during the stormy days of the summer of 1965”.

Thierry Fremaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, said: “Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in Moonrise Kingdom.”

The movie is “a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve,” he added.

Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti will lead this year’s festival jury when the 11-day event starts on May 16, 2012.

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