Cannes Kicks Off With Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom'
The Cannes Film Festival kicked off for the 65th time on Wednesday (May 16, 2012), with American indie director Wes Anderson's latest star-studded movie 'Moonrise Kingdom'. The childlike tale, starring Bruce Willis and Bill Murray, opened the festival and received a warm reception.
The film follows two young children who decide to run away with each other, prompting the local townspeople to form a search people. Moonrise Kingdom boasts an impressive cast - which also includes the hapless scoutmaster played by Edward Norton and a social services worked played by Tilda Swinton. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw - who scored 'Tree of Life' five-out-of-five at last year's Cannes Film Festival - was similarly impressed with this year's opener, saying, "Wes Anderson's elegant new film is eccentric but heartfelt - a souffle of strangeness that rises superbly". David Gritten of the Daily Telegraphed echoed the comments, summarising, "Moonrise Kingdom. is a worthy addition to Anderson's canon - his deadpan wit meshes nicely with a generous view of human imperfections. A mood elevator of a movie, it's an ideal opener to a sunny, blue-skies Cannes".
The movie is the first film to screen in competition for the prestigious Palme d'Or prize. A further 21 movies will also vie for the title over the next two weeks, including the David Cronenberg movie 'Cosmopolis', starring ROBERT PATTINSON.