Cannes 2022. World premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis”

The Cannes Film Festival isn’t just about the films vying for the Palme d’Or. It’s also the occasion for the festive world premieres of the high-profile titles that movie fans have been eagerly awaiting. Among them is Warner Bros.’ latest production. “Elvis” is directed by Baz Luhrmann with Austin Butler in the title role.

The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most important film events in the world, and which garners the most media attention. According to the festival’s press office, more than four thousand journalists have been accredited, representing more than two thousand editorial offices from 90 countries around the world. The main focus – which is quite evident – focuses on the 21 titles vying for the Palme d’Or – the most prestigious film award, referred to as the film equivalent of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

But Cannes is not only the main competition. Traditionally, besides competition sections (aside from the main competition, there is also an Un Certain Regard section), the program includes a venue for world premieres for films that have been around for months. One of them is Baz Luhrmann’s latest “Elvis” movie, produced by Warner Bros. The film’s world premiere is scheduled for Wednesday evening. “Elvis” will be shown in Polish cinemas on June 24.

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“Elvis” – 20 years of Presley’s collaboration with Tom Parker

Baz Luhrmann – creator of famous movie shows, from “Romeo and Juliet” to “Moulin Rouge!” After “The Great Gatsby”, he returns with a new project. “Elvis” is his first full-length novel since 2013, ie from “The Great Gatsby”. The first information that this director, screenwriter and producer dealt with the story of the King of Rock and Roll was a sensation.

He worked on it for several years. During a very thorough search for information about Presley, Luhrmann was surprised to discover more details about the legendary musician’s collaboration with his manager – Tom Parker, who called himself “The Colonel”. Luhrmann said he would make Parker the narrator and direct him through his twenty-year collaboration with Presley. – I like to say it: Colonel Tom Parker was never a colonel, not Tom or Parker, but he was a character that impressed me – the director admitted. It should be noted that Parker’s real name is Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, and, fearing extradition from the United States, pretended to be Colonel Tom Parker, who was the head of the military base in Hawaii where he was stationed before the Presley meeting. .

As an experienced filmmaker, Luhrmann knew that it was impossible to include a comprehensive biography of a legend like Presley in a feature film – even if the film ran for 159 minutes – so he decided to focus on a particular plot. Therefore, the narrative is built around the collaboration between Presley and Parker. Their collaboration officially began on August 18, 1955, and ended with the death of the musician on August 16, 1977. The film Elvis played Austin Butler, while Tom Hanks played Parker. An important role in this story is played by Priscilla’s wife (played by Olivia de Jong), whom Elvis had secretly dated for several years prior to their marriage.

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“Elvis” – an amazing music group

Luhrmann also took an interest in the musical class. It suffices to recall his previous films to imagine the impetus with which he would use music in “Elvis”. On Wednesday, the film’s official account on Instagram published a chart listing the music stars who participated in preparing the songs and recordings for the film. In early May, Doja Cat released the single “Vegas” that will feature in the movie. The track includes entries from Presley’s popular song “Hound Dog”. Also earlier this month, country star Kacey Musgraves revealed that she recorded her version of the hit song “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for the movie.

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However, the aforementioned drawing reveals much more. Eminem, in collaboration with CeeLo Green, Jazmine Sullivan, PNAU, Jack White, Stevie Nicks, Tame Impala, Yola and Maneskin Group, which won the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam last year, co-wrote the songs for “Elvis”. Austin Butler and Cody Smit McPhee also recorded their version of the songs. Archival recordings of Presley himself and the famous Rufus Thomas were also used.

“Elvis” – the reaction of loved ones

The ex-wife of the king of rock and roll, Priscilla Presley, who remained on friendly terms with him until the end of his days, repeatedly praised the latest Luhrmann films. She did this, among other things, at the end of April, sparking interest in “Elvis”.

Presley wrote on Facebook: “It’s a true story told so brilliantly and creatively in a way that only Buzz with his unique artistry can do. Austin, who plays Elvis, is amazing.” She drew attention to the character of Parker, played by Hanks, remembering that Presley’s business manager had two faces, which she had noticed years ago, which Hanks brilliantly captured in the film. She also made a positive comment on the red carpet before the Met Gala.

– I love this movie. I think the younger generation will be able to see what Elvis intends to do. Find out more about it. She said it’s a movie for everyone, even those who’ve heard different stories about Elvis.

The Presley family’s only daughter, Lisa Marie, has also publicly expressed her admiration for Luhrmann’s film several times. On May 15, she posted a series of tweets in which she confirmed, among other things, how sorry she was that in July 2020 her deceased son, Benjamin Storm Keough, would not be watching a movie about his grandfather. She added, “I’ve watched Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ twice. Let me tell you, it’s amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. Austin Butler beautifully captured my father’s heart and soul,” she wrote.

Watching the film – according to Presley’s daughter – can experience “the rule of pure love, care and respect for my father embodied in this beautiful film. After all, it is something that my children and I can be proud of forever.”

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