Cafe Society pic

Earlier today, we shared a few clips from Woody Allen‘s upcoming picture, Café Society. Although it’s sometimes difficult to know what to expect from Allen these days, Café Society looks more enjoyable and intriguing than, say, Magic in the Moonlight and You Will Meet a Tall Darker Stranger. Some of the writer and director’s most recent comedies haven’t struck a chord with audiences and fans, but perhaps his latest film will.

Below, watch the new Café Society trailer.

Café Society stars a few familiar faces from the director’s past films, including Jesse Eisenberg (To Rome with Love), Parker Posey (Irrational Man), Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris), Judy Davis (Deconstructing Harry), and Steve Carell (Melinda and Melinda). Allen’s films are hardly ever without an impressive cast, and Café Society is no exception. The comedy also features Blake Lively (The Age of Adaline), Ken Scott (The Missing), and the typically great Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation).

Here’s the Café Society trailer (source: IMDB):

Café Society kicks off the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow, making this the third time Allen has opened the festival with a feature of his. Both Hollywood Ending and the delightful Midnight in Paris premiered on opening night at the festival, and, hopefully, Café Society shares more in common with the latter title. If a few of the jokes and what we see of Steve Carell in this trailer is any indication, Allen’s latest should play well at the festival. We’ll know soon enough.

Over the past decade or so, the director has arguably been more consistent with his more dramatic stories–Match Point, Blue Jasmine, and, to a lesser extent, Irrational Man and the slightly overlooked Cassandra’s Dream. I know not everybody is a fan of those last two titles, but I tend to like Allen more these days when he explores the darker side of humanity, which he has certainly done with some of his more laugh-out-loud comedies in the past. I always look forward to seeing an Allen film, including Café Society, but a part of me hopes he’ll soon make another modern film as brutal and as grounded as Match Point.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen’s bittersweet romance CAFÉ SOCIETY follows Bronx-born Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.

Centering on events in the lives of Bobby’s colorful Bronx family, the film is a glittering valentine to the movie stars, socialites, playboys, debutantes, politicians, and gangsters who epitomized the excitement and glamour of the age.

Bobby’s family features his relentlessly bickering parents Rose (Jeannie Berlin) and Marty (Ken Stott), his casually amoral gangster brother Ben (Corey Stoll); his good-hearted teacher sister Evelyn (Sari Lennick), and her egghead husband Leonard (Stephen Kunken). For the hooligan Ben, there are no questions that can’t be answered with brute force, but the others are more likely to ponder deeper matters, like right and wrong, life and death, and the commercial viability of religion. Seeking more out of life, Bobby flees his father’s jewelry store for Hollywood, where he works for his high-powered agent uncle Phil (Steve Carell).

Lionsgate and Amazon Studios will release Café Society in limited release on July 15th, and a few months later the film will be made available to stream on Amazon.

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