Cannes: Woody Allen Gets Modest Standing Ovation at 'Cafe Society' Premiere

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From left: lenser Vittorio Storaro, Corey Stoll, Blake Lively, Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg

The out-of-competition title, which opened the festival Wednesday night, stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.

Woody Allen's Cafe Society premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday night as the opening film of the 69th edition, with the filmmaker getting a modest, three-minute standing ovation. The reception was warm, but not overwhelmingly positive by Cannes standards.

The new pic from the Cannes favorite, set in the 1930s, stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell and Blake Lively. Eisenberg plays a New Yorker who heads to Hollywood, where he falls in love with a woman (Stewart) who works for his uncle (Carell), a big-shot agent. Romantic complications ensue.

In his review, The Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy wrote that Allen's first significantly Los Angeles-filmed feature since Annie Hall nearly 40 years ago is "another bittersweet, lightly comic romance."

In 2015, Allen's Irrational Man, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone and Parker Posey, received a two-minute standing ovation in Cannes.

Cafe Society is the 14th Allen feature to screen at Cannes. Amazon spent $15 million for rights to the film, which it will release stateside through Lionsgate on July 29.

 

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