Wes Anderson on 'Moonrise Kingdom' and its unfamiliar reality

Wes Anderson presented his new film, "Moonrise Kingdom," at the Cannes Film Festival.

Story highlights

  • Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is about young lovers who reunite and run away
  • The film stars Bruce Willis, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Ed Norton
  • Anderson: "I want the movie to happen in a place where the audience has never been"
In Wes Anderson's latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom," he tells the tale of two young lovers who reunite and run away into the wilderness after a year apart.
It's 1965, and a major storm is bearing down on New Penzance Island, off the coast of New England, and their disappearance sets off an island-wide search and rescue mission.
The film stars Bruce Willis, Francis McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Ed Norton along with Anderson favorite Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. But it's the two young lovers, portrayed by newcomers Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward, who steal the show.
"Moonrise Kingdom," which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, has the look and tone of Anderson's prior films "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "The Darjeeling Limited." But here, Anderson is examining the notion that love is a driving force that causes a range of different reactions -- especially when those at the center are just 12.
CNN spoke with Anderson from Santa Margherita Ligure, Italy, about the making of "Moonrise Kingdom," the film's lack of nostalgic impulses and the impulse for audiences to read deeper into on-screen metaphors.
CNN: The word "twee" is often used by people these days to describe your work. Does that word mean anything to you?
Wes Anderson: Virtually nothing. (laughs) I get the thrust of it, but it's really