Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom to open Cannes Film Festival


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The Independent Culture

American director Wes Anderson's new film will open this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Moonrise Kingdom, which stars Tilda Swinton alongside Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, is set in New England in the summer of 1965.

It marks a return to the festival for Swinton who appeared last year supporting her critically-acclaimed role in We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Thierry Fremaux, the Festival's General Delegate, said Anderson was "one of the rising powers of American cinema".

The film will be shown at Cannes on May 16.

The festival will announce which films will be in the running for the prestigious Palme d'Or next month.

Among the stars who attended last year were Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

Last year's festival ended in controversy when organisers banned Danish director Lars Von Trier and declared him "persona non grata" after he told a press conference he was a Nazi and could understand Hitler.