Café Society (film)

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Café Society
File:Cafe Society.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Woody Allen
Produced by
Written by Woody Allen
Narrated by Woody Allen
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Edited by Alisa Lepselter
  • Gravier Productions
  • Perdido Productions
Distributed by
Release dates
  • May 11, 2016 (2016-05-11) (Cannes)
  • July 15, 2016 (2016-07-15) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million[2]
Box office $4.2 million[3]

Café Society is a 2016 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Woody Allen. The film stars Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Jesse Eisenberg, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Kristen Stewart, Corey Stoll and Ken Stott. The film had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 11, 2016,[4] and will be released in the United States on July 15, 2016 by Amazon Studios and Lionsgate.[5]


Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) moves to Hollywood, where he falls in love with Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), the secretary of his uncle Phill (Steve Carell).



By March 9, 2015, Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis and Kristen Stewart were added to the cast of an upcoming Woody Allen film, which would be produced by Letty Aronson, Stephen Tenenbaum, and Edward Walson.[7] By May 6, 2015, Blake Lively was cast,[8] followed by Parker Posey by mid-July.[9] By August 4, 2015, more cast was added, including Jeannie Berlin, Corey Stoll, and Ken Stott, along with Anna Camp, Stephen Kunken, Sari Lennick, and Paul Schneider.[10] In August, Tony Sirico was cast to play Vito,[11] and Max Adler joined the cast.[12] Vittorio Storaro is the cinematographer.[13] On August 24, 2015, it was reported that Willis had exited the film due to his scheduling conflicts with the Broadway stage adaptation of the Stephen King novel Misery.[14] On August 28, 2015, Steve Carell joined the cast of the film to replace Willis.[15] In March 2016, the title was confirmed to be Café Society.[16]


Principal photography on the film began on August 17, 2015 in and around Los Angeles.[17] On September 8, 2015, filming moved to New York City,[13] where it was shot in Brooklyn.[18] Woody Allen has moved to digital for the first time, using a Sony CineAlta F65 camera for his 47th film.[19]


Director and stars at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

In February 2016, Amazon Studios acquired distribution rights to the film.[20] In March 2016, the film was selected to open the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.[4] The film will also open the Seattle International Film Festival on May 19, 2016.[21] It was announced that Lionsgate will be teaming up with Amazon to release the film on August 12, 2016.[22] It was then moved up to July 15, 2016 in a limited release before expanding to July 22 and opening wide on July 29.[5]


Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 73%, based on 37 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10.[23] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 68 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]


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  2. Anne Thompson (25 February 2016). "Why Woody Allen's New Movie Went to Amazon". Thompson on Hollywood. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Woody Allen's Café Society to open the 69th Festival International du Film". Cannes. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 D'Alessandro, Anthony (April 27, 2016). "My Little Pony’ Trots Up To October 2017; ‘Cafe Society’ Changes To Platform Release". Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  6. Galloway, Stephen (May 4, 2016). "The Woody Allen Interview (Which He Won't Read)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 4, 2016. 
  7. Fleming Jr., Mike (March 9, 2015). "Jesse Eisenberg, Bruce Willis, Kristen Stewart To Star In Next Woody Allen Pic". Archived from the original on August 14, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  8. Emery, Debbie (May 6, 2015). "Blake Lively Joins Cast of Woody Allen’s Next Film". Archived from the original on July 26, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  9. Busch, Anita; Fleming Jr, Mike (July 16, 2015). "Parker Posey To Reteam With Woody Allen On Next Film". Archived from the original on August 9, 2015. Retrieved July 25, 2015. 
  10. Siegel, Tatiana (August 4, 2015). "Woody Allen Announces Cast for New Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  11. Pedersen, Erik (August 10, 2015). "Tony Sirico Joins Woody Allen’s Latest; Meagen Fay Tunes Up For ‘La La Land’". Archived from the original on August 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  12. A. Lincoln, Ross (August 12, 2015). "Max Adler Powers Up For ‘Gods & Secrets', ‘This Is Happening' Gets Theatrical Release". Archived from the original on August 17, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015. 
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Kristen Stewart Photos from the Set of the New Woody Allen Film". August 22, 2015. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  14. Fleming Jr, Mike (August 24, 2015). "Bruce Willis Drops Out Of Woody Allen’s Movie: Broadway ‘Misery’ Schedule To Blame". Retrieved August 26, 2015. 
  15. Jaafar, Ali; Hipes, Patrick (August 28, 2015). "Steve Carell Replacing Bruce Willis In Woody Allen Movie". Retrieved August 29, 2015. 
  16. Chang, Justin (March 18, 2016). "Sean Penn, Woody Allen, Jeff Nichols Films Set for Cannes Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  17. "On the Set for 8/21/15: Eddie Redmayne Starts Fantastic Beasts, Russo Brothers Wrap Up Captain America: Civil War". (TSS News, LLC). August 21, 2015. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. Retrieved August 22, 2015. 
  18. "The Woody Allen Summer Movie 2015 is filming in Brooklyn this week". September 6, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  20. Sneider, Jeff (February 18, 2016). "Woody Allen’s New Movie Starring Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively Sells to Amazon". Retrieved February 18, 2016. 
  21. McNary, Dave (April 21, 2016). "Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’ to Open Seattle Film Festival". Variety. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  22. Pamela McClintock (14 April 2016). "CinemaCon: Lionsgate Teaming With Amazon to Release Woody Allen's 'Cafe Society'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
  23. "Café Society (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  24. "Café Society reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 12, 2016. 

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