The French Riviera’s biggest week of the year was host to the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Many were there to see Woody Allen’s movie premiere and screening of Cafe Society. The 2016 Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22), was the first time Woody Allen allowed for his work to be shown and be a part of the competition.
Regarding that doing so was subjective, using an analogy of “Matisse better than Picasso?” Saying that if ten people were asked, there would be ten different opinions. The harsh remarks by Allen of the Cannes Film Festival were taken live from the red carpet event. He went on to say that one thing people should never do is claim to make a judgment of whose work is the best in an objective manner. Allen made it clear he does not buy into the claim of objectivity in events such as these.
Allen’s film Cafe Society takes place in high society New York and Hollywood during the 1930s. Allen’s written and directed film has a star-heavy cast with names such as Blake Lively, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carrell, Anna Camp from “Pitch Perfect” (2012), “Pitch Perfect” (2015), and “The Help” (2011). Cafe Society also includes the likes of Pail Schneider, from the hit TV series “Parks and Recreation,” “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007), “Water For Elephants” (2011), and Oscar-Nominated film, “Bright Star”(2009).
The Cannes Film Festival and Allen’s movie screening brought out some of Hollywood’s biggest faces. The two co-stars of the animated film “Trolls,” which will be in theaters this November, Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick walked side-by-side to the event. The two also sang an acoustic version of the song ‘True Colors’ for the Cannes Film Festival Audience. Kendrick, the emerging star of both “Pitch Perfect” films was also in Timberlake’s latest song release “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” along with others big musical names such as Gwen Stefani. The first single released in three years by the former Backstreet Boy will also be featured in the animated film.
Other big Hollywood names that appeared at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday evening, such as Eva Longoria, Susan Sarandon, Victoria Beckham, Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and many others turned heads at the event with their choices. Kirsten Dunst was also there, but for a different reason, as she was chosen as one of the judges for the event.
Woody Allen, 80-years-old now, came with his wife, Soon-Yi Previn, who remains arguably one of the greatest living film minds, and reviews of his most recent film would appear to keep that status near the top.
His marriage and personal life do have a way of stirring up controversy everywhere he goes. Allen began his relationship with his now wife in the late 1980s, while he was dating American actress and now activist, Mia Farrow. During their relationship, Farrow and Allen adopted seven children together. Soon-Yi Previn was an adopted daughter of Farrow’s previous marriage with musical composer Andre Previn.
The controversy is that Allen married and has had two children with his step-daughter. Previn said it was “laughable” when speaking about Allen being a father, or step-father figure in her life growing up.
By T. Aaron DeGeorge
Edited by Cathy Milne
Vox: Cannes 2016: Woody Allen is causing controversy at Cannes, but not for the reason you’d expect
Daily Mail (UK): Pregnant Blake Lively, Naomi Watts and Julianne Moore dazzle in glamorous figure-hugging gowns as they lead the stars at the 69th Cannes Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere of Cafe Society
Huffington Post: Anna Kendrick And Justin Timberlake Bring ‘True Colors’ To Cannes, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ Is Song Of The Summer
IMDB: Cafe Society (2016)
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