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2022 Cannes Film Festival – Elvis screening

Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen spectacle ELVIS has rocked its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, earning a 12-minute standing ovation from the audience inside the Palais.

Entertainment Weekly called the film  “a big-canvas exploration of debauched American appetites” that mined “shocking intimacy from sweeping cultural changes” and praised Austin Butler for “his revelatory performance, fully lived-in and vulnerable, never plays like imitation”.

“as a tribute from one champion of outrageous showmanship to another, it dazzles,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

“As for the big question of whether Butler could pull off impersonating one of the most indelible icons in American pop-culture history, the answer is an unqualified yes. His stage moves are sexy and hypnotic, his melancholy mama’s-boy lost quality is swoon–worthy and he captures the tragic paradox of a phenomenal success story who clings tenaciously to the American Dream even as it keeps crumbling in his hands.”

Guests were also treated with live performances from three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Diplo, who world premiered “Tupelo Shuffle”, and multi-million album-selling global rock sensation Måneskin , who performed Elvis Presley’s iconic hit “If I Can Dream”, as well as “Supermodel” and “Beggin” from the film’s official soundtrack.

 

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ end of screening at the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2022.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ standing ovation during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 25, 2022.
Jerry Schilling, Tom Hanks, Priscilla Presley, Olivia DeJonge, Austin Butler, Alton Mason, Catherine Martin, Toby Emmerich and Baz Luhrmann attending ‘Elvis’ Premiere at 75th Cannes Film Festival.
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ Premiere at 75th Cannes Film Festival.


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