Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom to open Cannes Film Festival

Film starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton will start the prestigious event on 16 May

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Wes Anderson’s latest film, Moonrise Kingdom, will open the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

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The movie, which stars Bruce Willis and Ed Norton, is set in the 1960s and follows the story of two young lovers who run away from home, and the subsequent search for them.

Directed and co-written by Anderson, the film also stars Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton.

42-year-old Anderson is best known for his 2001 Oscar-nominated comedy drama The Royal Tenenbaums, which he co-wrote with Owen Wilson. His more recent works include The Darjeeling Limited (2007) and Fantastic Mr Fox in 2009. Anderson has also worked on a number of high-profile advertising campaigns in America and Japan.

Thierry Fremaux, the Festival’s General Delegate, said: “Wes Anderson is one of the rising powers of American cinema, to which he brings a highly personal touch, particularly in Moonrise Kingdom.”

The movie is “a testimony to the creative freedom in which he continues to evolve,” he added.

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Italian film-maker Nanni Moretti will act as head judge at this year’s festival, which runs for 11 days from 16 May.