‘Elvis’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival with 10-minute standing ovation – Deadline

by Baz Luhrmann Elvis walked the Cannes Film Festival red carpet tonight for the film’s world premiere which was greeted with explosive applause inside the Palace.

The crowd rose to their feet during the end credits of the Warner Bros title, clapping in rhythm before the lights came on, and remained on their feet for 10 minutes to mark a 2022 record so far at the festival.

Amid cries of “Bravo! from the crowd, an emotional Luhrmann told the audience inside the Théâtre Lumière that he had had a “little revelation” because “30 years ago my wife and I made a little film called Ballroom strictly‘ and the only exhibitor who had given him a screen said, ‘It’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen, and you’ve ruined Pat’s career [Thomson]which won the Australian Film Academy Best Actress award posthumously.

‘Elvis’ review: Tom Hanks and Austin Butler in the musical feast of a Baz Luhrmann biopic

“Anyway,” Luhrmann added, “we drove up the hill and I had really long hair. We were in a trailer park, and I was like, ‘This movie thing will never really work’ , so I started to shave my hair and I got a call on the phone and it was a Frenchman…. On the phone, someone said to me: ‘Hello, my name is Pierre Rissient, I am from the Cannes Film Festival, we have seen your film and we would like to offer you a screening at 12 o’clock at the Palais’”. , Luhrman and Ballroom strictly “were in this Palace…and at the end of the performance, I remember a security guard came and said, ‘Sir, from this moment on, your life will never be the same.’ And it wasn’t.

Luhrmann noted that, while doing Elvis“I really believed that we would come to Cannes, but then the Covid arrived and the film was stopped and it would never happen, but for the bravery of Tom [Hanks] to come back and the bravery of this cast and crew to get through Covid and finish this movie. And we are back in Cannes. And to see these streets full of people who love movies from all life forms, from all types of movies, says so much more about what this place means and what it means to be back in the movies. For that, we are eternally grateful, Cannes. … All I can say is thank you very much, thank you very much.”

Before the screening, guests got to strains of Elvis Presley classics, including “Hound Dog” and “Jailhouse Rock.” The stars Austin Butler, Hanks and Olivia DeJonge were present, as well as Priscilla Presley, whom the latter plays in the film.

In his review, Deadline’s Pete Hammond called Elvis a “visual and vocal feast of a film”.

The story explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler) through the prism of his complicated relationship with enigmatic manager Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years. Luhrmann told CinemaCon last month that Elvis covers three versions of the king of rock ‘n’ roll: as a rebel, as a Hollywood star, and in his Vegas twilight. It all takes place against the backdrop of the changing cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America. One of the most important and influential people in Elvis’ life, his wife of six years, Priscilla Presley, is also central to the journey.

Also at CinemaCon, Luhrmann explained, “Elvis is sort of the original superhero. He rises so high, then finds his Kryptonite and falls so low, then a beautiful and powerful tragedy ensues.

Warner Bros begins offshore deployment for Elvis on June 22 and hits the country on June 24.

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