Registered: May 2000
posted March 12, 2013 05:47 PM
The Great Gatsby will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival (thr)
The movie will screen May 15 out of Competition, as part of the Official Selection, at the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the Baz Luhrmann-directed film, adapted from the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The movie, set on the East Coast during the Roaring ’20s, depicts the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, whose husband is played by Joel Edgerton. The 1925 book was adapted by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Rapper Jay-Z, who scored the movie, and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan also will attend the premiere, organizers said. "It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival," Luhrmann said in a statement. "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 St. Raphael."