“Killers of the Flower Moon” Cannes Premiere

“Killers of the Flower Moon” finally premiered on Saturday evening at the Cannes Film Festival in France to an astounding 9-minute standing ovation. Martin Scorsese spoke to the audience and thanked the Osage Nation for their support in making the film.

(From L) Canadian actress Jillian Dion, US actress Janae Collins, US actress Cara Jade Myers, US actor Robert De Niro, US actor Leonardo Dicaprio, US director Martin Scorsese, US actress Lily Gladstone and Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal arrive for the screening of the film “Killers of the Flower Moon” during the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2023. (Photo by Antonin THUILLIER / AFP) (Photo by ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Currently, the film has a 96% score on Rotten Tomatoes of 54 reviews, and this critic can’t wait to add hers! I’ll have to stand by alongside everyone else in the world for the October 6 opening in theaters—as customary; I’ll be invited to review along with other critics a few weeks earlier. I know the film will be shown in Oklahoma to the Osage Nation in a private screening on July 6.

The film centers on the 1920s Osage Indian Nation Regin of Terror and is based on the excellent book by David Grann, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro star alongside Lily Gladstone.

I’ve been following the book and the film’s journey since 2018. Here’s an overview of that journey in an article I wrote for RogerEbert.com that included interviews with former Osage Nation Chief Jim Gray and Osage News journalist Shannon Shaw Duty https://bit.ly/EbertKillersoftheFlowerMoon.

The most exciting news from Cannes is that the reviews are tremendous for the movie, calling it a masterpiece with Oscar-worthy performances. Be sure to check back regarding my review at the end of September or early October.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Eric Roth, Martin Scorsese
Release Date: (Theaters): October 6, October 20, 2023- Wide
Runtime: 3 hours 26 minutes
Distributor: Apple Original Films

Sarah Knight Adamson© May 29, 2023

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