The comedy will get its world premiere on May 11, the same day it is due to open across France.

The 64th Cannes Film Festival will open with an out-of-competition screening of Woody Allen’s French-flavoured comedy Midnight In Paris.

Shot in Paris, the Mediapro-backed romantic comedy about a family travelling to the French capital for business, stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates and Adrien Brody and features supporting roles for Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Gad Elmaleh and Léa Seydoux.

Midnight in Paris is a wonderful love letter to Paris,” declared festival director Thierry Frémaux. “It’s a film in which Woody Allen takes a deeper look at the issues raised in his last films: our relationship with history, art, pleasure and life. His 41st feature reveals once again his inspiration.”

The three time Oscar winner has never had a film in competition at Cannes. His only award recognition at Europe’s premiere festival came in 1985 when he picked up the FIPRESCI Prize for The Purple Roses Of Cairo.

Last year the director’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger world premiered in an out-of-competition slot.

In a deal between the Cannes film festival, Canal+ and the national federation of French theaters, any French theatres wishing to screen the film and opening ceremony on May 11 will be able to do so. The title is expected to reach at least 400 cinemas on its first weekend in France.

SPC is releasing in the US, Mars in France.