Jim Jarmusch to Open Cannes 2019 with Zombie Comedy ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
The movie is backed by Focus Features and stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Chloë Sevigny, and more. The star-studded ensemble cast made “Dead Don’t Die” a no-brainer for opening night. The film will premiere in competition.
“The Dead Don’t Die” storyline revolves around local cops who must spring into action when a zombie outbreak begins impacting the town’s citizens. Focus Features last opened Cannes in 2012 with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s “Moonrise Kingdom.”
Jarmusch has a rich history with the Cannes Film Festival, making an opening night slot extra special. The director was last at Cannes in 2016 with two movies: “Paterson,” an intimate character drama starring Driver that premiered in competition, and “Gimme Danger,” a documentary about the rock band The Stooges that debuted out of competition.
Focus will release “The Dead Don’t Die” in theaters June 14. The 2019 Cannes Film Festival runs May 14 – 25.