Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Carey Mulligan: Leonardo DiCaprio's The Great Gatsby to Open Cannes Film Festival by Alexis L. Loinaz (E)

The Cannes Film Festival is angling for a Great kickoff this year.

Festival organizers announced Tuesday that the glitzy Leonardo DiCaprio starrer The Great Gatsby will open the 2013 festival with a splashy premiere on May 15.

The slick reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic literary tale, directed with signature manic flair by Baz Luhrmann and costarring Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, will bring the Art Deco–inflected roaring '20s to Cannes' famed Croisette.

"We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël."

The Great Gatsby will be screened at Cannes in 3-D—only the second such film in the festival's history, following Pixar's Up in 2009.

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