Priscilla Presley wiped away tears as she hugged director Baz Luhrmann after the screening.Getty Images
Priscilla Presley was overcome with emotion after the forthcoming biopic “Elvis” received an extraordinary 12-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival — the longest applause so far, according to Variety.
The 77-year-old — who was married to Rock-‘n’-Roll legend Elvis Presley from 1967 until 1973 — reportedly wiped away tears as she hugged director Baz Luhrmann after the screening.
As the cheers went on and on, a teary-eyed Austin Butler — who stepped into the blue suede shoes of the iconic crooner — hugged an equally-emotional Priscilla.
Priscilla Presley attends the screening of “Elvis” during the 75th annual Cannes film festival on May 25, 2022 in Cannes, France.Getty Images
At the post-screening event, lights in the sky formed outlines of the legendary singer, which read “#Elvismovie” up above.
With the audience still on its feet, Luhrmann hugged his cast members and was clearly moved by the audience’s warm reception of his latest project.
“But for the bravery of Tom to come back, and the bravery of his cast, and this crew, to go on through COVID, and to finish this film… and we are back in Cannes,” he said.
“And to see these streets so full of people who love movies, of every form of life, of every background, and every kind of movie says so much more about what this place means, and what it means to be back in the cinema. So for that, we are eternally grateful, Cannes.”
A portrait photo shows American rock and roll singer Elvis Presley and his wife Priscilla Presley in the 1960s.Getty Images
Presley has previously sung her praises of the new film, officially giving her stamp of approval last month.
“The story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship,” Presley wrote. “It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis, is outstanding.”
For those curious about the new film ELVIS, Baz Luhrmann, the director, provided a private screening for me and Jerry Schilling at Warner studios recently. This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding. Halfway through the film Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!! Bravo to him…he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine. Tom Hanks was Col Parker in this film. What a character he was. There was two sides to Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis’ journey, penned by a directer who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.
Austin Butler was praised for his role as Elvis in the film, as Priscilla Presley called his impersonation of the legendary singer “outstanding.”Courtesy of Warner Bros. Picture
Halfway through the film Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!!” she shared. “Bravo to him…he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine.”
Prior to the “Elvis” world premiere at Cannes, the movie earned rave reviews from Lisa Marie Presley, and the crooner’s granddaughter Riley Keough.
Lisa Marie called the film “nothing short of spectacular.”
However, that being said, I do want to take a moment to let you know that I've seen Baz Luhrmann's movie “Elvis” twice now. Let me tell you that it is nothing short of spectacular. Absolutely exquisite. Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father’s heart & soul beautifully.
— Lisa Marie Presley (@LisaPresley) May 14, 2022