Cannes Anatomy of a Standing Ovation for the French Dispatch

The long-awaited premiere of Wes Anderson’s movie, “The French Dispatch,” took place on Monday at the Cannes Film Festival and received one of the festival’s largest standing ovations to date.

Anderson and His Cast Members

Cannes Anatomy of a Standing Ovation for the French Dispatch

According to Variety, the applause for Anderson and his cast members present, which included Timothee Chalamet, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Stephen Park, and Benicio Del Toro, lasted for nine minutes.

However, one actor was unable to travel. Due to her quarantining in Paris after testing positive for COVID-19, Lea Seydoux missed the movie premiere.

For a Group Photo

There were indications prior to the event that this wasn’t going to be a typical Cannes premiere. Instead of arriving in a black car, the cast and composer Alexandre Desplat did so together in a massive gold party bus that was accompanied by French motorcycle police. In the glare of the lights, Murray removed his mask, which bore the imprint of a chin.

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For a group photo, Anderson halted his group at the edge of the carpet. Additionally, many of the actors appeared to be handling their own camera work. Although it was against the festival’s no-selfie policy, none of the ushers grabbed his phone, unlike when regular attendees try to do the same. Wilson recorded the crowds at the bottom of the carpet, and Brody pulled Chalamet into a selfie at the top of the stairs.

Queens Baby

A pink gown with shimmering gold sequin-covered sleeves was worn by Swinton, who has five films playing at Cannes. On her shoulder, Chalamet placed his head.

The Cannes audience gave Anderson a thunderous standing ovation as soon as he entered the theatre. As he clapped along, Chalamet mouthed “Queens baby!” to the cameras as he and Swinton walked down the aisle holding hands.

When the lights came back on, Murray hugged every member of the cast as he moved from seat to seat. While the audience gave the movie a standing ovation, Swinton was seen pulling a hilarious practical joke on Chalamet.

Caught on Camera

The amusing incident was caught on camera, and Swinton can be seen pretended-hugging Chalamet while secretly placing a “Tilda Swinton” sign on his back.

In a special interest section of a daily newspaper from Kansas, a weekly magazine that covers international politics, culture, art, and cuisine is the subject of the Searchlight movie. A group of foreign writers must compile their final collection of stories, and Murray plays a devoted editor to them.

Anderson ties together a number of vignettes and plot threads using the feature write-ups, comic strips, and pictorials.

Movie is a Love Letter

The movie is a love letter to journalism, but Anderson ironically chose not to hold a press conference with his cast or give any interviews to journalists while he was in Cannes.

A list of editors and writers who served as inspiration for the movie is acknowledged in the end credits, including James Baldwin, Ved Mehta, Lillian Ross, Harold Ross, and William Shawn of The New Yorker.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced Cannes 2020 to postpone the screening of “The French Dispatch,” which Searchlight acquired in September 2019. The release date was initially delayed to October 2020 and then again.

As of right now, October 22 has been set aside for the film’s American theatre debut.