Set during the 1960s, the film recounts a pair of young lovers who run away from their New England town, which then evokes a search party headed by Bruce Willis' character to go find them.
Cannes Film Festival officials expressed delight to have Anderson's film kick off the festival, calling him "a brilliant and inventive filmmaker" and "one of the rising powers of American cinema."
Moonrise Kingdom will be released in French cinemas the same day that it premieres in Cannes, and is slated for a May 25th release in the United States.
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