Riley Keough celebrates his directorial debut at the Cannes Film Festival
It’s been an emotional roller coaster for actress Riley Keough, a ride that has brought tears of joy to her eyes.
Her first film as co-director, War Pony, not only made its Cannes Film Festival debut on Saturday to a standing ovation, it came just days before Baz Luhrmann’s new film about her grandfather, Elvis Presley, it premieres its premiere at Cannes.
Festival director Thierry Fremaux maintains that the two Cannes premieres and their connection to Elvis Presley’s family were not fabricated and that it all came down to a “happy coincidence”, according to PEOPLE.
Emotional moments: Riley Keough, 32, was 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.
Dressed in a black blazer, matching shorts and Dior heels for the screening, the 32-year-old actress-director confessed to being “in shock” about the film being shown at the festival.
“We’re really thankful to be here,” the Santa Monica native said, speaking on behalf of the cast and crew. “This was a collaboration between all of us, and this is our whole movie.”
Sharing directorial duties with fellow newcomer 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, all the while trying to find his next hustle.
Making a splash: As first-time directors, Keough and Gina Gammell directed War Pony, which premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.
Emotional: Elvis Presley’s granddaughter was emotional when War Pony received a six-minute round of applause at the end of the Cannes screening
Once the War Pony credits began to roll at the end of the screening, the audience proceeded to a rousing applause that lasted six minutes.
Keough was touched by the positive response, just like when he watched the new Elvis biopic with his mother and grandmother. In fact, all three ladies shed tears watching part of their family history on screen, with Austin Butler playing the legendary rocker from Memphis, Tennessee.
‘It was a very emotional experience. It’s very intense to watch when it comes to your family,” said Keough, before revealing how she has been a fan of Baz Luhrmann since she saw Moulin Rouge when she was 12 years old. The musical romantic drama film actually inspired Keough to want to ‘make movies’ as a profession.
Three generations: Keough admitted that she and her grandmother Priscilla Presley and her mother Lisa Marie Presley shed tears during a screening of Elvis; ladies see each other in may 2015
The King’s Story: Priscilla Presley (left) was the first in the family to give biographical films her seal of approval; She is pictured with the King of Rock and Roll and his daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1970.
Luhrmann he consulted with the family before filming began on the film, which also stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’s late manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
‘It wasn’t like I mistrusted Baz in any way, but you’re protective of your family,’ he
What sets this latest Elvis movie apart from the rest is that it focuses on the Jailhouse Rock star’s relationship with Parker, who was found by a judge to have engaged in unethical management practices in 1980, as reported by smooth radius.
“In the first five minutes, I could feel how much work Baz and Austin put in. [Butler] set on trying to get it right. That immediately moved me,” said the Mad Max: Fury Road actress. Variety. “I started crying within five minutes and didn’t stop.”
After the Elvis biopic makes its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, it will hit theaters in the US on June 24, 2022, and then premiere on HBO Max 45 days later.
Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks plays 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 business practices
Coming Soon: The Elvis biopic hits theaters in the US on June 24, 2022, then opens on HBO Max 45 days later; Butler is photographed during a scene from Elvis’ famous 1968 Comeback Special