Queen Kristen steals Cannes spotlight from Oscar winners Roberts and Foster

Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:32am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Jodie Foster will be gracing the red carpet at next month's Cannes Film Festival but it is actress Kristen Stewart who grabbed the early spotlight after being dubbed "Queen of Cannes" by organizers on Thursday.

Organizers announced Woody Allen’s "Café Society", featuring Stewart, will open the 69th edition of the festival which will run from May 11 to 22. The American actress also stars in French director Olivier Assayas' "Personal Shopper", a film that will be vying for the Palme d'Or.

"She’s in some ways the Queen of Cannes," festival director Thierry Fremaux said during a ceremony in a Champs Elysees cinema as he unveiled the list of movies that will be screened.

Fremaux and his team watched 1,869 films before shortlisting 49, 20 of them included in the main competition, whose jury will be presided by Mad Max director George Miller.

Two films expected to gain a lot of attention despite being screened 'out of competition' will be Steven Spielberg's "The BFG", based on the novel by Roald Dahl, and the American thriller "Money Monster" which is directed by Jodie Foster and stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

While Roberts has never previously featured in a Cannes film, Foster will be at the festival for the first time as a director.

Canadian rising director Xavier Dolan, who won the Jury Prize with "Mommy" in 2014, is back with "It's Only the End of the World".

Jim Jarmusch will have a double presence on the Riviera with a documentary on Iggy Pop, “Gimme Danger” and “Paterson”, which will be screened in the main competition.   Continued...

Cannes Film festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux attends a news conference to announce the competing films at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Paris, France, April 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau