Director was last in Cannes in 2006 with Marie Antoinette which played in competition.

Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, starring Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Leslie Mann and Kirsten Dunst, will open Un Certain Regard on May 16, the Cannes Film Festival revealed on Wednesday evening. 

The festival also announced that Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg, who was in competition last year with The Hunt would preside over the Un Certain Regard jury.

Coppola said: “I am happy to come back to the Festival de Cannes. Marie-Antoinette was in competition in 2006, I presented my first film The Virgin Suicides at the Directors’ Fortnight and I am very proud now to open Un Certain Regard with my new film that will be screened for the first time before an audience. I can’t wait to be there.”

The Coppola news fell on the eve of the festival’s announcement of its Official Selection in Paris.

Rumours have been rife for weeks that The Bling Ring had secured a slot in the competition section.

Inspired by a true story, The Bling Ring recounts a group of adolescents who are fascinated by “beautiful people” and the world of brands, tracking the whereabouts and activities of celebrities online so that they can rob their homes.

They steal over $3m of luxury items: jewellery, clothing, shoes, etc. Among their victims are Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom and Rachel Bilson. The media nicknamed this gang the “Bling Ring”.