Stewart, 26, will make a big splash at the 69th Festival this year.
Allen’s “Café Society,” will open the festival, which is an honor in itself. The film also marks another milestone. It’s the first film produced for Amazon.com’s streaming service to make the festival.
The plot details are a closely guarded secret. Stewart will star with Jesse Eisneberg in a comedy set in the 1930s. The film was produced for about $30 million, according to The Atlantic.
Amazon paid $20 million for the rights to the film and is counting on it to help launch its streaming service. It’s a direct competitor to Netflix.
“Cafe Society” will not be up for any awards, but Stewart will also appear in French director Olivier Assayas’ picture “Personal Shopper.” The film will compete for the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor.
Stewart is a darling of French film-making. Last year, she won a Cesar award, the French equivalent of the Oscar, for best supporting actress in the French-German-Swiss film “Clouds of Sils Maria.” Assayas also wrote and directed the picture.
In her home country, however, Stewart has yet to win a major American movie award.
Festival director Thierry Fremaux pronounced Kristen “Queen of Cannes” during a ceremony revealing the movies that will be screened during the event.
“She’s in some ways the Queen of Cannes,” he said.
The “Twilight” actress will be side-by-side with Hollywood’s A-lsters, including Julia Roberts an Jodie Foster. Kristen has a special bond with Foster. She starred with Foster as a child actress in the 2002 film “Panic Room.”
Steven Spielberg’s film, “The BFG,” and the American thriller “Money Monster,” directed by Foster, with Roberts and George Clooney in the lead roles, are getting much of the early buzz, according to Reuters.
Roberts is making her first appearance in a Cannes film, and Foster will make her first appearance as a director.
Among other Americans drawing notice is director Jim Jarmusch. His documentary on ’60s rock star Iggy Pop, titled “Gimme Danger” will screen. And “Paterson,” his film about the life of a bus driver in Patterson, NJ, will compete for the Palme d’Or.
Of the 1,869 films submitted for consideration, 49 films were chosen for screening. Twenty of those will vie in the main competition, according to the Festival. The event opens next month.
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