Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris to open Cannes Film Festival

February 2nd, 2011

Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' is opening this year's Cannes Film Festival.

The romantic comedy - which stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and a cameo from France's first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy - will be the focus film of the opening night at the French festival on May 11.

It will premiere at the Lumiere theatre, and be released nationwide in France on the same day.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux said the movie was chosen because it is a "love letter" to the French capital.

He revealed: "'Midnight in Paris' is a wonderful love letter to Paris. It's a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films; our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration."

Eccentric director Woody previously revealed the movie would be a celebration of Paris.

He said in a statement: "The film celebrates a young man's great love for Paris, and simultaneously explores the illusion people have that a life different from their own is better."

Robert De Niro is presiding over the jury for this year's 64th Cannes event, which is part of a bi-continental celebration of the Tribeca Film Festival, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11 to May 22.