‘The Surfer’ Starring Nicolas Cage Receives Six-Minute Ovation at Cannes

Nicolas Cage shines at Cannes with "The Surfer"

by Zain ul Abedin
‘The Surfer’ Starring Nicolas Cage Receives Six-Minute Ovation at Cannes
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Nicolas Cage's new psychological thriller, "The Surfer," captivated audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, earning a remarkable six-minute standing ovation during its midnight screening on Friday night. Cage, visibly enjoying the moment, beamed and waved at the cheering crowd inside the Palais.

Taking the mic, he asked how to say "eat the rat" in French - a line from the film - and delighted the audience by roaring "mangez le rat!" He also mentioned asking Thierry Fremaux if his previous film "Pig" could have screened at Cannes.

Directed by Lorcan Finnegan, known for "Vivarium," "The Surfer" features Cage as a man returning to the serene beach of his childhood to surf with his son. However, his plans go awry when he is humiliated by a group of powerful locals, leading to a tense conflict that intensifies with the summer heat, pushing him to his limits.

The film also stars Julian McMahon, Nicholas Cassim, Miranda Tapsell, Alexander Bertrand, Justin Rosniak, Rahel Romahn, Finn Little, and Charlotte Maggi.

Cage's Cannes Legacy

Cage is no stranger to Cannes. He previously attended the festival for David Lynch's 1990 romantic crime drama "Wild at Heart," where he starred opposite Laura Dern.

The film controversially won the Palme d'Or. Cage returned to the Croisette in 2016 for Paul Schrader's "Dog Eat Dog," where he appeared alongside Willem Dafoe in the Directors Fortnight section. Despite hinting last year that he might retire from film after "three or four more movies," Cage has a busy slate ahead.

His upcoming projects include the horror film "Longlegs" and the newly announced Western "The Gunslingers." Additionally, Cage is set to shift his focus to television, reprising his Spider-Man Noir role in a live-action series for MGM+ and Amazon Prime Video.

Cage's enthusiasm at Cannes and his array of upcoming projects underscore his enduring presence in the industry, promising fans much more to look forward to from the versatile Oscar winner.

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