New Woody Allen film starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg to open Cannes 2016

Steve Carell and Blake Lively also star in Allen's 46th film

Woody Allen’s Cafe Society has been selected to open this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The 46th film of Allen’s career, it boasts a typically impressive ensemble cast led by Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg, with Steve Carell, Blake Lively and Corey Stoll in supporting roles.

According to festival organisers, “the film tells the story of a young man who arrives in Hollywood during the 1930s hoping to work in the film industry, falls in love, and finds himself swept up in the vibrant cafe society that defined the spirit of the age”.

It will open the 69th Cannes Film Festival with an out-of-competition screening on May 11 before being released by Amazon Studios later in the year.

Allen becomes the first director to have three films open the prestigious annual festival, having previously initiated proceedings with Hollywood Ending in 2002 and Midnight In Paris in 2011. He has never won a competitive prize at Cannes, but in 2002 the festival awarded him the Palme des Palmes, a special lifetime achievement award.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11 to May 22. Other high-profile films confirmed for the programme include Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG and Money Monster, a thriller directed by Jodie Foster which stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O’Connell.