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Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris' to open Cannes: festival

US director Woody Allen's latest film "Midnight in Paris" - featuring French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy - will open the Cannes film festival in May, organisers said Wednesday.

The romantic comedy was shot last year in the French capital and stars Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard as well as Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody.

"'Midnight in Paris' is a wonderful love letter to Paris", said Festival director Thierry Fremaux.

"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," he said in a statement.

US actor and director Robert De Niro will be president of the jury of this year's festival, which opens on May 11 on the French Riviera.