Cannes Film Festival begins with ‘Moonrise Kingdom’

Hollywood FAQs: The much awaited Cannes Film Festival started off on May 15, 2012 with the US comedy ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. The story is about Wes Anderson’s exploration of childhood and young love revolving around two 12 year olds, who fall in love and run away together.

The story has been set in the mid 60s on an island off the coast of New England. The opening movie was a fresh start to the festival at the French Riviera resort and managed to draw a warm applause at the press screening before the official evening world premiere.

During the screening, there was bit of a chaos created by British comedian Sacha Baron who hopped on a camel and got in to the character of General Aladeen, who is an outrageously offensive North African dictator. The comedian managed to grab plenty of attention from the photographers and cameramen.

22 movies have been lined up for the main competition. This is the first time Anderson will be presenting a film at Cannes, but did not have to face much of a challenge as he had the opening competition slot and boasted a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton.