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Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” Receives a Nine-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes

Director Martin Scorsese’s new movie “Killers of the Flower Moon” premiered on May 20 at the Cannes Film Festival. The cast includes stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone, Robert De Niro and Brendan Fraser.

The film is based on David Grann’s best-selling book with the same name. The plot plays out in the 1920’s in Oklahoma and follows the “Reign of Terror” which was a string of brutal crimes including serial murder of members of the oil-wealthy Osage Nation.

The movie follows the characters Ernest Burkhart, (played by Leonardo DiCaprio), who is a First World War veteran and his wife Mollie Brown, (played by Lily Gladstone), who is a member of the wealthy Osage family.

Critic Clarisse Loughrey explained in a five-star review for “The Independent” that the film carries Scorsese’s: “tradition fixations: the rotted core of man’s heart; how power breeds the impulse for destruction; the myths of cowboys and outlaws and the dirty truth to them”.

After the screening of the three and a half hours long film, “Killers of the Flower Moon”, at Cannes Film Festival on Saturday (20 May), the movie received a nine-minute standing ovation. When Martin Scorsese was thanking the Cannes crowd, he called the screening a moving experience and said: “I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like this”.

“Killers of the Flower moon” was surely one of the most anticipated movie premieres at Cannes Film Festival this year and according to the majority of the reviews after the screening, the film lived up to its high expectations, with critics calling it a masterpiece.

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