Sofia Coppola's 'Priscilla' Wins 7-min Ovation in Venice; Stars Tear Up

Capturing hearts, Coppola's 'Priscilla' dazzles at Venice premiere.

by Nouman Rasool
Sofia Coppola's 'Priscilla' Wins 7-min Ovation in Venice; Stars Tear Up
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At the esteemed Venice Film Festival this year, Sofia Coppola's hotly anticipated film "Priscilla" made its illustrious world premiere. This biographical drama, which delves into the intimate relationship between the young Priscilla Presley and Elvis Presley, was met with a staggering seven-minute 30-second standing ovation.

As applause filled the hall, the film's cast, including the young talents Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, and the woman behind the story, Priscilla Presley, fought back tears of gratitude and emotion. With last-minute interim agreements allowing for the director and stars to be present at the premiere, the Lido was abuzz with their presence.

Notably, Priscilla Presley, whose life journey served as the crux of the film's narrative, stood beside the team. Her union with Elvis began when she was a mere 14-year-old, an age difference and relationship often misconstrued by many.

During an earlier press conference for the film, Priscilla opened up about the emotional challenge of watching her life on the big screen. "Witnessing my personal journey, particularly with Elvis, in cinematic form was no easy feat," she confessed.

Praising Coppola's finesse and dedication, she added, "Sofia has been phenomenal in her portrayal. She's been meticulous with the details, and I've extended every possible insight into our shared history."

Priscilla Reveals Deeper Bond

Priscilla further demystified her relationship with the iconic Elvis Presley, emphasizing that their bond went far beyond what the public perceived.

"Despite being only 14, our connection was deeply intellectual and emotional," she clarified. She stressed their union wasn't rooted in physicality but mutual understanding, saying, "We shared thoughts, fears, and dreams. He respected my youth and never overstepped." "Priscilla" is masterfully adapted from the 1985 memoir "Elvis and Me", co-authored by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon.

The project saw collaboration from renowned production houses, including The Apartment Pictures, a Fremantle Company, and Coppola's American Zoetrope. Fremantle Group bankrolled the film. A24 has secured distribution rights in the U.S., while Vision Distribution will be showcasing it to Italian audiences.

This evocative cinematic experience is set to garner international attention and is expected to be a must-watch for fans across the globe.