News // JIM JARMUSCH'S ZOMBIE FILM TO OPEN CANNES

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival runs May 14-25.



Actors Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, and Adam Driver star in The Dead Don't Die, the zombie film from writer-director Jim Jarmusch that's been selected to open the upcoming 72nd Festival de Cannes. It will be playing as an in-competition entry.


The festival opens May 14th.


The Dead Don't Die is an ensemble drama/comedy about a small town plagued by the undead. It's U.S. release is scheduled for June 14, 2019, by Focus Features. Other members of the large cast include Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Carol Kane, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, and Caleb Landry Jones.


The announcement by the fest marks the first of any about this year's event. The official list of in-competition titles is expected in the coming weeks. Titles expected to be premiering in- or -out-of-competition include Quentin Tarantino's much-hyped Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Dexter Fletcher's Rocketman.


Academy Award-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu will serve as this year's president of the jury.


The Dead Don't Die joins a long list of other prestigious festival openers like last year's Everybody Knows from Asghar Farhadi.


Jarmusch is no stranger to the Croisette. The famed director has welcomed seven titles to the competition since 1986's Down by Law. He's also won many prizes over the years, including the Grand Prix for Broken Flowers in 2005 and the Camera d'Or for Stranger Than Paradise in 1984.

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