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Cannes Film Festival 2016: Robert De Niro Hands of Stone gets special screening

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Robert De Niro’s new boxing biopic Hands of Stone will get a special screening at this month’s Cannes Film Festival as a tribute to the star.

The actor will be in attendance at the screening on May 16, the festival announced Tuesday, along with writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz and costars Edgar Ramírez and Ana de Armas.

Hands of Stone stars Ramirez as Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Duran, whose career included famed bouts with Sugar Ray Leonard. De Niro plays Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Cannes especially with this movie Hands of Stone that I’m so proud of,” De Niro said in a news release. “This movie is uplifting, triumphant and a good time for audiences, so I’m looking forward to seeing my friends from across the world of cinema in joining us for this fun event.”

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The Weinstein Company is releasing Hands of Stone on Aug. 26. In Tuesday’s announcement, Harvey Weinstein called the film “vintage De Niro.”

“Anyone wh‎o knows Bob, knows what a passion he has for boxing and his huge input into this movie made it very realistic and smart,” Weinstein added. “On behalf of the company, we are thrilled that the Festival de Cannes chose to honor Bob this year with a special screening. It promises to be a fun time and a fantastic night to pay tribute to one of the great men of our industry.”

See the trailer for Hands of Stone below.

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 11-22.