Riley Keough celebrates his directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival

It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for actress Riley Keough, a ride that brought her to tears of joy.

Not only did his first film as co-director, War Pony, debut at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday to a rapturous ovation, it came just days before Baz Luhrmann’s new film about his grandfather, Elvis Presley is about to premiere at Cannes.

Festival director Thierry Fremaux maintains that the two Cannes debuts, and his connection to Elvis Presley’s family, were not contrived and were simply a “happy coincidence”, according to PEOPLE.

Emotional moments: Riley Keough, 32, became emotional as she celebrated the premiere of her film War Pony at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, which is her directorial debut

Turns out Keough couldn’t be happier with the results of War Pony and Elvis.

Decked out in a black blazer, matching shorts and Dior heels for the screening, the 32-year-old actress and director admitted to being “shocked” by the film screened at the festival.

“We’re so grateful to be here,” the Santa Monica native said, while speaking on behalf of the cast and crew. “It was a collaboration between all of us, and it’s our whole movie.”

Sharing directorial duties with fellow first-timer Gina Gammell, War Pony follows the plight of Native Americans, and in particular a 23-year-old Oglala-Lakota native growing up on a reservation, while still trying to find his next. scramble.

Making a splash: As first-time directors, Keough and Gina Gammell helmed War Pony, which premiered at the 2022 <a class=Cannes Film Festival” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

Making a splash: As first-time directors, Keough and Gina Gammell helmed War Pony, which premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival

Emotional: Elvis Presley's granddaughter became emotional when War Pony received six-minute applause at the end of the Cannes screening

Emotional: Elvis Presley’s granddaughter became emotional when War Pony received six-minute applause at the end of the Cannes screening

Once the War Pony credits started rolling at the end of the screening, the audience proceeded to rapturous applause that lasted six minutes.

Keough became emotional at the positive response, much like she did when she watched Elvis’ new biopic with her mother and grandmother. In fact, the three ladies shed tears as they watched some of their family history unfold onscreen, with Austin Butler playing the legendary rocker from Memphis, Tennessee.

“It was a very moving experience. It’s very intense to watch when it’s your family,’ Keough said, before revealing how she’s been a fan of Baz Luhrmann since watching Moulin Rouge when she was 12. The musical romantic drama film actually inspired Keough to want to “make movies” as a profession.

Three generations: Keough admitted she and her grandmother Priscilla Presley and mother Lisa Marie Presley all shed tears at a screening of Elvis;  the ladies are seen in May 2015

Three generations: Keough admitted she and her grandmother Priscilla Presley and mother Lisa Marie Presley all shed tears at a screening of Elvis; the ladies are seen in May 2015

The King's Story: Priscilla Presley (left) was the first in the family to give biopics her stamp of approval;  She is pictured with the king of rock and roll and their daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1970

The King’s Story: Priscilla Presley (left) was the first in the family to give biopics her stamp of approval; She is pictured with the king of rock and roll and their daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1970

Luhrmann consulted with the family before beginning filming on the film, which also stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’ late manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

It wasn’t like I was suspicious of Baz, but you protect your family,’

What sets this latest Elvis movie apart from others is that it focuses on the Jailhouse Rock star’s relationship with Parker, who engaged in unethical management practices by a judge. in 1980, as reported smooth radio.

“Within the first five minutes I could feel how hard Baz and Austin were working [Butler] try to do things right. It moved me immediately,’ the Mad Max: Fury Road actress said Variety. “I started crying five minutes later and I haven’t stopped.”

Following the world premiere of the Elvis biopic at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, it will hit theaters in the United States on June 24, 2022, then premiere on HBO Max 45 days later.

Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks portrays his manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic, Elvis

Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks portrays his manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic, Elvis

The premise: The biopic focuses on Colonel Parker's relationship with Elvis, which began in 1955;  Parker has been accused of unethical practices in his business dealings

The premise: The biopic focuses on Colonel Parker’s relationship with Elvis, which began in 1955; Parker has been accused of unethical practices in his business dealings

Coming soon: The Elvis biopic hits theaters in the US on June 24, 2022, then drops on HBO Max 45 days later;  Butler is pictured during a scene from Elvis' famous Comeback Special in 1968

Coming soon: The Elvis biopic hits theaters in the US on June 24, 2022, then drops on HBO Max 45 days later; Butler is pictured during a scene from Elvis’ famous Comeback Special in 1968

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