Cannes 2016 opened with Woody Allen's Cafe Society, a film that encompasses his usual blend of comedy and drama. Wednesday evening's gala screening was attended by Blake Lively, Kristen Stewart, and the film's other stars, but was overshadowed by son Ronan Farrow's scathing guest column in the Hollywood Reporter.
Roman Farrow's column was published before Woody Allen took to the stage with cast members to answer press questions. The L.A. Times called the incident "an elephant that filled the room" and "dramatically awkward" in a piece on the Cafe Society media conference that began literally minutes after Ronan Farrow's diatribe hit the internet. Woody Allen was joined at the Cannes media conference by stars Kristen Stewart, Jesse Eisenberg, and Blake Lively.