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An apocalyptic air hangs over the Cannes Film Festival. Will Woody Allen's latest lighten the mood?

An apocalyptic air hangs over the Cannes Film Festival. Will Woody Allen's latest lighten the mood?

CANNES, France – The morning of the day before the 69th Cannes Film Festival dawned dark and overcast, as if the skies were prepared to cry over the selection of films on tap. Whether they will be predominantly tears of joy or of sorrow remains, as always, to be seen.

A similar ambivalence can be read into Cannes’ 2016 poster, just installed above the Palais des Festivals where the red carpet screening for Woody Allen’s “Café Society” starring Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell opens the event on Wednesday night.

Designed using stills from Jean-Luc Godard’s classic...

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