Wes Anderson’s film, The French Dispatch, had its long-awaited premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and earned one of the biggest standing ovations so far at the 74th edition of the event. As per reports, the applause continued for nine minutes for Anderson and his cast in attendance, which included Timothee Chalamet, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Stephen Park, and Benicio Del Toro. But Lea Seydoux was absent from the movie premiere, as she is quarantining in Paris after testing positive for COVID-19.
As the event began, there were signs that this wasn’t going to be a regular Cannes premiere. Instead of a black car, the cast, along with composer Alexandre Desplat, arrived in a giant gold party bus, escorted by French motorcycle police. Murray took off his mask, which had an imprint of a chin on it. Anderson stopped his ensemble at the bottom of the carpet to take a group photo. Wilson filmed the crowds, and Brody pulled in Chalamet for a selfie at the top of the stairs, violating the festival’s no-selfie rule, although none of the ushers tackled his phone.
Once Anderson entered the theatre, the Cannes crowd welcomed him with a rapturous standing ovation. Chalamet and Swinton, who has five movies playing at Cannes, held hands walking down the aisle. The French Dispatch was acquired by Searchlight in 2019 and was meant to play at Cannes 2020, which was scrapped as a result of the pandemic. The movie is now scheduled to open in theatres on October 22.
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