Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla got a rousing response at its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on Monday evening. The pic, a biopic of Priscilla Presley, who was in attendance for the move based on the memoir she co-authored, scored a 7-minute, 45-second ovation.
Just as the Venice press corps was moved earlier today by Presley’s presence, so too were ticket holders inside the Sala Grande. The post-screening applause lasted until Presley exited the theater.
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Coppola received plenty of hugs as she exited the room.
Also on hand were stars Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, the film having been granted an interim agreement by SAG-AFTRA.
Written and directed by Coppola, Priscilla begins when teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis at a party and the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. From Priscilla’s point of view, the film looks at the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland.
Earlier today, Presley said of the movie, “It’s very difficult to sit and watch a film about you and about your life and about your love. Sofia did an amazing job, she did her homework… And I really put everything out for her that I could.”
Priscilla hits domestic theaters October 27 via A24. Mubi has also taken rights across multiple territories including the UK.
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