‘Elvis’ premieres at Cannes Film Festival with 10-minute standing ovation – Deadline
The crowd rose during the end credits of the Warner Bros. title, clapping in rhythm before the lights came on, and stood for 10 minutes to score 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 “thirty years ago my wife and I made a little film called Ballroom strictlyand the only exhibitor who gave her a screen said, ‘That’s the worst movie I’ve ever seen and you ruined Pat’s career’ (Thomson who posthumously won Best Actress in the Australian Film Academy).
“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 is never really going to work’ so I started to shave my hair and I received a call on the phone and it was a Frenchman… On the phone, someone said: “Hello, my name is Pierre Rissient, I’m from Cannes film festival and we have seen your film and we would like to offer you a screening at noon at the Palais. 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 This was not the case.”
Doing Elvis, Luhrmann noted, “I really believed that we would come to Cannes, but then the Covid happened 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 seeing these streets so 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.
Prior to the screening, guests arrived at the accents of Elvis Presley classics like “Hundog” and “Jailhouse Rock”. Stars Austin Butler, tom hank and Olivia DeJonge were present, as well as Priscilla Presley that the latter embodies in the film.
In his reviewDeadline’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 more than 20 years. Luhrmann before Told CinemaCon that Elvis covers three versions of the King of Rock: 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, 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 on Elvis June 22 and national releases on June 34.
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