Thursday, March 14, 2013
"The Great Gatsby" Heads to Cannes
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will be the opening film at this years Cannes Film Festival, out of competition. Luhrmann is no stranger to Cannes-- Moulin Rouge! famously (and rather opulently) opened the 2001 film festival (coincidentally Moulin Rouge! was once slated to open the fall of 2000 before being pushed into the summer of 2001, not unlike Gatsby.) It marks a coup for festival director Thierry Frémaux, who coincidentally took charge of Cannes the year Moulin Rouge! debuted, with this selection following the announcement of Steven Spielberg as the head of this years jury. Gatsby will open in the United States on May 10th, making its Cannes presence a moo point (Cannes begins on May 15th), but it will mark the European leg of the 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous novel (which was written in France nearby the Cannes Film Festival site.) This marks the third straight American film to open the festival after Midnight in Paris and last years Moonrise Kingdom.
Now, naturally, the attention turns to what will headline the competition. Deadline offers worthy suggestions.