Elvis wows Cannes with a 12-minute standing ovation

audience in Cannes Film Festival was shivering to Butler Austin as a king in Baz LuhrmannFilm premiereElvis. “

The 12-minute film received a standing ovation, the longest at this year’s festival so far.

As the cheers went on and on, butler tearfully hugged his equally affectionate Priscilla Presley, who had flown to the south of France to give her blessing for the film about her late husband.

Musical drama Warner Bros Cannes drew spontaneous applause as Butler recreated some of Presley’s greatest hits including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Suspicious Minds.”

“Elvis” is one of the biggest titles shown at Cannes, with a star-studded carpet that included Sharon Stone, Shakira, Kylie Minogue, Diplo, Jeremy O. Harris and Italian rock band Manskin.

It wasn’t just celebrity power to light up the red carpet, either: David Zaslav, CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery, ditched his Sun Valley outfit of chinos and tech jackets and cleaned it up with a black tie — holding his hair behind his ear, perhaps as a tribute. to the king. The stair magnate walked with superstar producer Jill Berman, who sponsored Luhrmann’s latest work, and sat in the hall next to Butler’s girlfriend, model Kaia Gerber. Warner Bros. Pictures Group President Toby Emmerich was also part of the executive group on the ground.

At a lush post-movie party, Zaslav was surprised by the film’s reception. Tell diverse The night before, Butler premiered the movie with his girlfriend Gerber, and they both were in tears.

The audience at the palace was especially fascinated by the actor Alton Mason, who plays Little Richard. In an earlier scene where Presley celebrated with fellow legend BB King, newcomer Mason wowed with a performance of “Tutti Frutti,” with his acrobatic dance moves. Mason, who started out as a model and dancer, garnered applause midway through the show.

With the audience still on their feet, Luhrmann hugged his cast members and was visibly moved by the audience’s warm reception of “Elvis.” He took the microphone as he wiped his eyes with tears, recalling his first experience in Cannes for the Strictly Ballroom.

“I had a little epiphany because 30 years ago my wife and I made a little movie called Strictly Ballroom, but in our movie we had one viewer who gave us one screen, and he watched the movie and he left before it was over and said, ‘This is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. You ruined his career [Pat Thomson]”who played the role of mother”.

Luhrmann continued, “Anyway, we went up to the coast and I had really long hair and we were staying in a trailer park and I was like, ‘This movie is never going to work,’ so I started shaving my hair. And I got a phone call and it was a French guy, and I was carrying a bucket from the tin over my head because the night before someone was killed by a coconut that had fallen from a tree. And on the phone, a voice said: Hello, my name is [former festival director] Pierre Resent, I’m from Cannes Film Festival, we saw your film and would like to show you at 12 noon in the Palais … and at the end [screening in Cannes]I remember one of the security guards came… and grabbed me and said, “Sir, from this moment on, your life will never be the same again.”

When cuddling current festival director Thierry Frémaux, Luhrmann said that when COVID hit and Elvis was closed, she felt it would “never happen.”

But for bravery [Tom Hanks] Going back, and the courage of this actors and this crew to go through the COVID and finish this movie, and we’re back in Cannes, and to see these streets are full of people who love movies, from all walks of life and in every background and every kind of movie, there’s a lot about what this place means and what It means to go back to the cinema. And for that, we are forever grateful to Kan. All I can say is: merci beaucoup, merci beaucoup, merci beaucoup. “

Luhrmann’s films are often exaggerated and exaggerated, which is exactly what Warner Bros. brought to the world premiere of director Elvis at the Cannes Film Festival. The studio surprised attendees with a concert on the beach after the film’s premiere.

Luhrmann guest featured DJ Diplo, who debuted an original song from the soundtrack to “Elvis” featuring Swae Lee and Butler. Glamorous Italian rock band and Eurovision winner, Manskin, also performed their song from the soundtrack at Majestic beach club bash, where Butler and Gerber danced the night away.

Also in attendance was Walt Disney Ambassador Peter Rice, Disney’s president of general entertainment content. Hats off to Warner Bros. He likened the movie to “The Song”.

The performance was preceded by an exciting drone show with lights identifying Elvis, his name and TCB logo, accompanied by music.

“Elvis” marks Luhrmann’s first feature-length directorial effort since 2013’s “The Great Gatsby,” which also had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Butler stars opposite Tom Hanks as the infamous Elvis manager Colonel Tom Parker; Olivia de Jong as Priscilla; Cody Smit McPhee, recently nominated for an Academy Award for The Power of the Dog, as country legend Jimmy Rodgers; Yola Quartey as Sister Rosetta Tharp; Kelvin Harrison Jr. as BB King.

Ahead of the world premiere of “Elvis” in Cannes, the film garnered rave reviews from three members of the music icon’s family: Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Riley Keough’s granddaughter. Lisa Marie called the movie “Nothing short of amazing,” adding, “Austin beautifully drew and embodied my father’s heart and soul. In my humble opinion, his performance is unprecedented and finally performed with precision and respect. If he doesn’t get an Academy Award for this, I’ll eat my feet.”

Q Tell diverse In Cannes, she began crying during the first five minutes of watching Elvis, adding, “I can feel how much work Buzz and Austin have gone into trying to get it right. It made me emotional right away…I felt so proud that they worked so hard to get his gist, To feel its essence. Austin captured it very beautifully.”

Warner Bros. opens “Elvis” in US theaters June 24. The film joined “Top Gun: Maverick” as Hollywood’s vertical at its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.