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Jude Law and Alicia Vikander Received an Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at the Cannes Film Festival

On Sunday, May 21, the film “Firebrand” had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie is directed by Karim Aïnouz and the cast includes Jude Law, Alicia Vikander and Michelle Williams.

“Firebrand” is set in the Tudor period and centers around Catherine Parr, (played by Alicia Vikander), who was the sixth and last wife of King Henry VIII, (played by Jude Law). She is named Regent while her husband King Henry is fighting overseas. Throughout the movie it is seen how Catherine is doing everything in her strength to push for a new future based on her radical Protestant beliefs. Later on, when the King returns his fury turns against the radicals which leads to Catherine’s childhood friends being charged with treason. It also leads to Catherine herself being burned at the stake. She then finds herself in a situation where she needs to either fight for her own survival by denying her acts or die and thereby not be able to fight for a country without tyranny.

After the premiere actors Jude Law and Alicia Vikander received an eight-minute standing ovation. It was seen how Vikander motioned for the crowd to stop cheering or otherwise she would start to cry. However, after a while she gave up and started blowing kisses to the upper balconies.

The director Karim Aïnouz has previously had his films premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Back in 2019, his film “Invisible Life” premiered and won the “Un Certain Regard” award at the festival. In 2021, his movie “Mariner Of The Mountains” also premiered in Cannes. This year the audience has shown that his film “Firebrand” will also be one of Aïnouz’s hit movies worth watching.

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