'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou to host Cannes opening and closing ceremonies
French actress Audrey Tautou will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the 66th Festival de Cannes. Even though it is a largely ceremonial position that doesn’t hold any sway over what film will go home with the coveted Palme d’Or, Tautou is sure to be as Amélie-adorable as ever when she welcomes the awards jury, led by jury president Steven Spielberg, to the stage on May 15 at the famed Grand Théâtre Lumière.
Even though it’s been said that this year’s festival has a distinctly American vibe, with Spielberg leading the jury and The Great Gatsby — an adaptation of a quintessential American novel — opening the Festival, Cannes stuck with a notable French actress to serve in the ceremonial role of host. The Artist’s Bérénice Béjo held the spot in 2012, and Inglorious Basterds’ Mélanie Laurent the year prior.
Festival Director Thierry Frémaux is expected to unveil the full festival lineup on April 18. EW will be covering the prestigious festival which runs from May 15 to May 26.
On screen, Tautou can be seen next in Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo as Chloë, a woman who has a flower growing in her lungs. The film, which also stars Omar Sy (X-Men: Days of Future Past), premieres in France on April 24, but does not yet have a U.S. release date.