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Cannes Film Festival Unveils Closing Film

Cannes Film Festival Unveils Closing Film

Cannes Film Festival announced today that ‘The Specials,’ from ‘The Intouchables’ directors Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, will be this year’s “last screening.”

The movie will show after the festival's closing ceremony on May 25 and the announcement of the Palme d'Or, with Pedro Almodovar, Bong Joon-ho, Xavier Dolan and Celine Sciamma among the filmmakers in competition.

The French dramedy stars Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb, leading a cast of non-professional actors in the world of autistic teens and social workers. It elaborates on the themes the duo delved into on their French box office hit ‘The Intouchables.’ That film, starring Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy, brought in $427 million worldwide and launched an American remake ’The Upside’ starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

‘The Specials’ is set to open in France on Oct. 19. 

The festival has also christened the event "The Last Screening" instead of the "Closing Film" in an effort to boost the profile of the final night. Festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said the new moniker was in reference to Peter Bogdanovich's ‘The Last Picture Show’ and meant to add an air of celebration to the final festival night.

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