Woody Allen's Hollywood Ending will mark the director's first trip to Cannes when it opens the festival out of competition, the event announced on Thursday.
Publicity-shy Allen has shown Manhattan, The Purple Rose Of Cairo and Hannah And Her Sisters at Cannes, but has declined to attend the screenings.
"The French were my first supporters and have always showed huge generosity towards me," said Allen. "Over the last few years, they have invited me so many times that I now want to offer them something in return: I will therefore come personally to present my film Hollywood Ending, which I think will be perfect for the event."
Festival chief Gilles Jacob said that seeing the Allen in the flesh would be "almost unimaginable, a quasi supernatural spectacle".
Hollywood Ending, which screens on May 15, stars Allen, Tea Leoni, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, George Hamilton and Treat Williams. The comedy of Hollywood manners, in which Allen plays a director who goes psychosomatically blind, will open first in the US in early May.
Allen recently broke his tradition of never appearing at awards ceremonies when he made the trip to this year's Academy Awards.