Delays Be Damned, Now Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Gets to Open Cannes


The delays that have plagued Baz Luhrmann‘s needlessly-in-3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby have been well-documented at la Film Ecole Rejecettes (refresh yourself HERE), but now that the auteur’s film will open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, perhaps the wait was worth it. The film will be Luhrmann’s third Cannes showing (his Strictly Ballroom screened in 1992 and Moulin Rouge! served as the fest’s opener in 2001) and is the fest’s first 3D opener since Up. 

Tragically, however, opening night at Cannes happens to be May 15th, while the film’s American opening date is days earlier, on May 10th. So much for capitalizing on all that Cannes goodwill, but at least the glittering spectacle will get a suitably glittering spectacle of a “premiere” at the prestigious fest.

This year’s Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15th through the 26th. [Press Release]

Kate is an entertainment and culture writer and editor living in New York City. She is also a contributing writer for,,, Vulture,,, The Dissolve, Screen Crush, New York Daily News, Mental Floss, and amNY. Her previous work can also be found at MSN Movies, Boxoffice Magazine, and She lives her life like a French movie, Steve.

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