On the eve of its opening at the Cannes International Film Festival, the snappy first trailer for Woody Allen’s Café Society has hit the interwebs, sending Jesse Eisenberg to the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Born and raised in the Bronx, it is Bobby Dorfman (Eisenberg) that anchors Allen’s period flick, uprooting from a comfortable life in New York City in a bid to break into the booming film industry. Arriving in Tinsel Town wide-eyed and hungry, Café Society seeds a love story between Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart’s character, before our protagonist flits back to the Big Apple, where he is “swept up in the vibrant world of high society nightclub life.”
Also starring Jeannie Berlin, Steve Carell, Blake Lively, Parker Posey, Ant-Man‘s Corey Stoll and Ken Stott, today’s maiden trailer for Café Society boasts many of the tropes that make a Woody Allen film a Woody Allen film – whimsical romance and astute camerawork with a rat-a-tat pace to editing. It’s a return to more familiar territory for the director, too, particularly after last year’s Irrational Man.
Here’s the 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.
Due to descend on the Croisette tomorrow, May 12, Café Society opens via limited release on July 15. Given that Amazon helped finance and produce the period flick, Prime members can look forward to Allen’s latest hitting the streaming service in the coming months.