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Cannes: Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring' to Open Un Certain Regard

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Emma Watson in "The Bling Ring"

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg will head up the section's jury.

Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring will open Un Certain Regard at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, the organization announced on its Twitter ahead of Thursday morning’s press conference. The film had been widely anticipated to be part of the lineup.

The Oscar winner has graced the Croisette before, with her divisive Marie Antoinette film premiering at the festival in 2006.

The Bling Ring, starring Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Emma Watson and Taissa Farmiga, tells the true-life tale of celebrity-obsessed teens who broke into Hollywood homes from 2008 through 2009 in an effort to emulate their favorite stars. Claire Julien rounds out the circle of thieves.

Danish director Thomas Vinterberg will serve as Un Certain Regard jury president. Vinterberg is no stranger to Cannes, having been awarded the jury prize from Martin Scorsese in 1998 for his film The Celebration. He presided over the short film jury the following year. In 2012, he presented his film The Hunt, which won star Mads Mikkelsen the best actor award.

Un Certain Regard runs parallel to the main selections, and the Prix Un Certain Regard will be awarded May 25. The jury is separate and often consists of other artists. This year’s main jury will be presided over by Steven Spielberg, and the short film jury will be headed by Palme d’Or winner Jane Campion

President Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Fremaux will announce the remaining official selections Thursday morning in Paris.