Emotional times: Riley Keough, 32, got emotional as she celebrated the premiere of her film War Pony at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, which will be her directorial debut

Riley Keough Celebrates Directorial Debut at Cannes Film Festival

It has been an emotional rollercoaster for actress Riley Keough, one that has led to tears of joy.

Not only her first film as a co-director, War Pony, made its debut on the Cannes Film Festival to a rousing ovation on Saturday, but it came just days before Baz Luhrmann’s new film about her grandfather, Elvis Presley, premieres in Cannes.

Thierry Fremaux, festival director Thierry Fremaux says that the two debut films in Cannes, and the connection with the family of Elvis Presley, were not artificial and that, according to him, it was just a ‘lucky coincidence’. PEOPLE

Emotional times: Riley Keough, 32, got emotional as she celebrated the premiere of her film War Pony at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, which will be her directorial debut

As it turns out, Keough couldn’t be happier with the outcomes of both War Pony and Elvis.

Decked out in a black blazer, matching shorts and Dior heels for the screening, the 32-year-old actress and director admitted to being “in shock” about the film being screened at the festival.

“We’re really just thankful to be here,” the Santa Monica resident said, speaking on behalf of the cast and crew. “This was a collaboration between all of us, and this is all our movie.”

Sharing directing duties with fellow first-timer Gina Gammell, War Pony follows the plight of Native Americans, and in particular a 23-year-old Oglala-Lakota native growing up on a reservation, always trying to find his next hustle. .

Making a splash: As new directors, Keough and Gina Gammell helmed War Pony, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022

Making a splash: As new directors, Keough and Gina Gammell helmed War Pony, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022

Emotional: Elvis Presley's granddaughter got emotional when War Pony received a six-minute round of applause at the end of the Cannes screening

Emotional: Elvis Presley’s granddaughter got emotional when War Pony received a six-minute round of applause at the end of the Cannes screening

As the end credits for War Pony began to roll towards the end of the screening, the audience began to give a rousing round of applause for six minutes.

Keough was emotional by the positive response, just as she did when she watched the new Elvis biopic with her mother and grandmother. In fact, all three ladies wept as they watched some of their family histories play out on screen, with Austin Butler playing the legendary rocker from Memphis, Tennessee.

“It was a very emotional experience. It’s really intense to watch when it’s your family,” Keough said, before revealing how she’s been a fan of Baz Luhrmann since she saw Moulin Rouge as a 12-year-old. The musical romantic drama film actually inspired Keough to want to “make movies” as a profession.

Three generations: Keough admitted that she and her grandmother Priscilla Presley and mother Lisa Marie Presley all shed tears during an Elvis showing;  the ladies were seen in may 2015

Three generations: Keough admitted that she and her grandmother Priscilla Presley and mother Lisa Marie Presley all shed tears during an Elvis showing; the ladies were seen in may 2015

The King's Story: Priscilla Presley (left) was the first of the family to approve the biopics;  She is pictured with the King of Rock and Roll and their daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1970

The King’s Story: Priscilla Presley (left) was the first of the family to approve the biopics; She is pictured with the King of Rock and Roll and their daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1970

Luhrmann consulted with the family before shooting the film, which also stars Tom Hanks as Elvis’ late manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

It wasn’t like I distrusted Baz in any way, but you’re protective of your family,” the…

What sets this latest Elvis film apart from the rest is that it focuses on the Jailhouse Rock star’s relationship with Parker, who was found guilty of unethical management practices by a judge in 1980, as reported by Smooth radio

‘In the first five minutes I felt how much work Baz and Austin’ [Butler] try to get it right. That immediately made me emotional,” said the Mad Max: Fury Road actress Variety† “I started crying within five minutes and didn’t stop.”

After making its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2022, the biopic of Elvis will hit theaters on June 24, 2022, and hit HBO Max 45 days later.

Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks plays his manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic, Elvis

Austin Butler plays Elvis Presley and Tom Hanks plays his manager Colonel Tom Parker in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic, Elvis

The premise: The biopic focuses on Colonel Parker's relationship with Elvis, which began in 1955;  Parker has been accused of unethical practices in his business dealings

The premise: The biopic focuses on Colonel Parker’s relationship with Elvis, which began in 1955; Parker has been accused of unethical practices in his business dealings

Coming up: The Elvis biopic hits theaters in the US on June 24, 2022, and hits HBO Max 45 days later;  Butler is photographed during a scene from Elvis' famous 1968 Comeback Special

Coming up: The Elvis biopic hits theaters in the US on June 24, 2022, and hits HBO Max 45 days later; Butler is photographed during a scene from Elvis’ famous 1968 Comeback Special

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