“The Bling Ring,” Sofia Coppola’s tale of good girls gone bad in Southern California, is heading to Cannes — but not as part of the main competition.
The fact-based drama will instead premiere in Un Certain Regard, where it will open the section on Thursday, May 16. Festival organizers made the announcement via Twitter on Wednesday evening in Paris, ahead of the full-slate announcement Thursday morning.
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Though Un Certain Regard is prestigious, it does not hold the luster of the 20-movie main competition section. Coppola’s last Cannes film, 2006’s “Marie Antoinette,” played in competition on the Croisette, where it was one of the more polarizing films in recent memory.
While Un Certain Regard is, like most Cannes sections, highly international, U.S. films have opened the section before. Gus Van Sant’s “Restless” kicked off Un Certain Regard two years ago, drawing a divided response.