The 72nd Cannes Film Festival announced today that the world premiere of Jim Jarmusch’s latest cinematic adventure, the zombie-esque The Dead Don’t Die will open the ceremony, having the honor as this year’s first Palme d’ Or competition screening.
Vowed to be “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled” the story takes place in the small town of Centerville with a cast of towns people that include Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, RZA, Chloë Sevigny, Caleb Landry Jones, Rosie Perez, Iggy Pop, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, Danny Glover, Sara Driver, Austin Butler, Luka Sabbat, Eszter Balint, Carol Kane and Tom Waits.
This will be a return to Cannes, for Jim Jarmusch, who has been honored with the Grand Prix in 2005 for Broken Flowers (also starring Bill Murray) and the Short Film Palme d’or in 1993 for Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California (starring Iggy Pop and Tom Waits).
Director of Photography Frederick Elmes who worked with Jarmusch on Paterson, Broken Flowers, and Night on Earth has collaborated with the independent filmmaker alongside editor Affonso Gonçalves who also worked with Jim Jarmusch on Paterson and Only Lovers Left Alive.
The Opening Ceremony of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival will be available for viewing by Canal+. The Opening Ceremony takes place on May 14th, 2019 with French actor and director Edouard Baer as the Master of Ceremonies.