Midnight in Paris is an American/Spanish romantic comedy film written and directed by Woody Allen, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in May. It is produced by Spanish group Mediapro and Allen's Gravier Productions, and stars Owen Wilson, Marion Cotillard, Rachel McAdams, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni and Adrien Brody.
"A romantic comedy about an American family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own would be better." Gil and his fiancée, Inez, are in Paris, having a vacation with family and by chance with friends. Gil is a successful but dissatisfied Hollywood screenwriter, now working on his first novel. Inez and the others are very demeaning both to Gil and the idea of his writing a novel. While alone walking at night, Gil gets in a car with some friendly strangers. Gil soon discovers he has been transported to the 1920s, an era he admires and idolizes in his to-be-novel. While there, he encounters and interacts with famous literary icons and artists who help him with his novel and his life. In the end he discovers that longing for a "golden past" is a recurring theme of any time period, as some prefer to be nostalgic about a romanticized past rather than accepting the messy present and uncertain future.