People may fault Coppola for dipping her toe in familiar terrain, but it’s hard to argue with the result: a transportive, heartbreaking journey into the dark heart of celebrity, and her finest film since Lost in Translation. --Marlow Stern, Rolling Stone
The pic, a biopic of Priscilla Presley, who was in attendance for the movie 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.
Jacob Elordi, Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla Presley and Sofia Coppola on the red carpet in Venice; (L-R) Jacob Elordi, Cailee Spaeny, Priscilla Presley and Sofia Coppola on the red carpet in Venice Federico Vespignani/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
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 on October 27 via A24. Mubi has also taken rights across multiple territories including the UK.