Asteroid City Cannes Standing Ovation: Wes Anderson, Scarlett Johansson Wow

Wes Anderson introduced cowboys, aliens and film stars to the Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday, incomes a six-minute standing ovation at its world premiere.

Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hanks, Jason Schwartzman, Matt Dillon, Maya Hawke, Steve Carell, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Norton, Margot Robbie and Jeff Goldblum are among the many starry ensemble solid — a lot of whom have been in attendance on the Grand Palais with their notoriously fashionable and exacting director.

The undertaking tells of a desert vacationer entice that was one the websites of an asteroid touchdown, which additionally doubles as the situation of an annual camp for “stargazers and space cadets.” The conceit is a story-within-a-story, because the solid performs a troupe of actors and stage crew for a play. Johansson had the Cannes crowd swooning as a film star derailed in Asteroid City (and in addition as an actress taking part in that actress within the meta story).

Donning a cropped black wig and all the time swilling a martini, Johansson match completely in Anderson’s Americana milieu. Male lead Schwartzman earned laughs as a clumsy warfare photographer grieving his late spouse and herding three younger daughters and a brainiac son.

The occasions going down in Asteroid City are a part of the play inside a play, written by Norton and narrated by Bryan Cranston. The movie’s actors play characters stranded within the desert after an alien invasion within the main story, and are additionally proven as actors solid to play these roles in a bigger story exterior the play.

New faces like Carell, Davis, Hanks and Liev Schreiber have been welcome additions, whereas Anderson stretched his previous guard in new methods. As the writer of the play throughout the movie, Norton develops romantic emotions for Schwartzman. The males shared a touching kiss following a very efficient rehearsal.

“I’m so pleased to show the movie for the first time. We’ve never seen it before ourselves. Thank you to our cast of stupendous actors playing actors,” Anderson informed the group on the Palais.

Anderson’s eleventh characteristic directorial effort, “Asteroid City” is a reunion between the director and his “Moonrise Kingdom” distributor Focus Features. “Moonrise Kingdom” additionally made its world premiere on the Cannes Film Festival, and it went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for finest authentic screenplay.

Although Johansson appeared in “Isle of Dogs” in a voice function, “Asteroid City” marks the double Oscar nominee’s first time main a live-action Anderson film. Anderson informed Variety as a part of Johansson’s Cannes cowl story that he wrote the function particularly for her.

“I was curious: Who is this person? How did she get here, to be so successful at that time? She’s this star of stage and screen — what drove her there?” Johansson stated in regards to the function. “I like the sort of constraints of Wes’ precision. I think in some ways, it’s more liberating.”  

“She’s formidable and vulnerable at the same time and just really captivating. Bette Davis’ whole career, the span of it, was something I could hang my hat on,” Johansson added to Entertainment Weekly about her character. “I’m not playing Bette Davis, but it helped give an idea of what this person’s career is and what it was like to be a woman in those circumstances then.”

“Asteroid City” opens in U.S. theaters on June 16 from Focus Features.

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