Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, a romcom which was shot in Paris last year, is set to open the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 11th and will be released in French theaters on the same day. The movie features an international all-star cast, including Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux and Gad Elmaleh.
But the talk of the town is the very special cameo appearance by a certain French leading lady. Find out who after the jump.
In 2009, while Allen was promoting Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Paris, he announced at a press conference that he would love to cast Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The French First Lady accepted the offer and filmed her scenes last summer in Paris. Her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, is reportedly a huge Woody Allen fan.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is no stranger to showbiz. The Italian-born beauty was part of the supermodel clique of the 90s that included Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington, before successfully recycling herself as a folk singer, perhaps fancying herself as a modern-day Joan Baez or Patti Smith. She has released three successful albums and announced Monday in an interview with the daily newspaper Le Parisien that a fourth one was in preparation.
In the U.S., she is more well-known for her sense of style and chic. And Woody Allen, who always has such a knack for casting “It” girls, obviously felt that he simply couldn’t shoot a film in the Capital of Fashion without its glamorous First Lady. The movie is also a homage to the city.
Festival director Thierry Frémaux declared:
“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.”
What’s more, the director has always had a bigger fan base in Europe than in America. In recent years, he has shot movies based in European cities. Match Point was set in London and Vicky Cristina Barcelona in Madrid. Both premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, as did his last year’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.
It should be an interesting festival this year, considering Robert De Niro is president of the jury. The 2011 Cannes Film Festival will run from May 11th to May 22nd.