Alicia Vikander and Jude Law were greeted with a standing ovation for the royal family at the premiere of the brutal historical film in Cannes fire brand on Sunday (May 21).
Directed by Karim Aïnouz, set in bloody Tudor England, Vikander plays Catherine Parr, the sixth and final wife of the tyrannical king Henry VIII (Jude Law).
According to the internal US website DiversityVikander visibly emotional motioned to the cheering audience to stop standing and applaud for eight minutes or else she would cry, as her grinning husband Michael Fassbender watched from the back row. .
Speaking about the film before publication, Vikander said: “The main thing that is staged is unsuccessful wives. [When I read the script] I immediately thought, ‘Huh, it’s interesting that most people know more about other wives.’ It’s almost like people get sucked into pretty gritty stories.”
Over the weekend, Martin Scorsese’s Flower Moon Killer received a nine-minute standing ovation at Cannes, with critics hailing his sweeping American epic as a “masterpiece”.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, and Robert De Niro, the film ran for three and a half hours.
This is an adaptation of David Grann’s best-selling nonfiction book, which chronicles the Osage murders in 1920s Oklahoma.
All eyes were on Johnny Depp at the start of this year’s festival, when his historical drama Jeanne DuBarry open proceedings.
His return from a US court battle with ex-wife Amber Heard, which he won, earned him a standing ovation too.
The Cannes Film Festival runs until May 27.