Scorsese Debuts “Killers of the Flower Moon” in Cannes

From an AP story by Jake Coyle headlined “Scorsese debuts ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ in Cannes to thunderous applause”:

Martin Scorsese unveiled “Killers of the Flower Moon” at Cannes on Saturday, debuting a sweeping American epic about greed and exploitation on the bloody plains of an Osage Nation reservation in Nineteen Twenties Oklahoma.

Scorsese’s newest — starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro — is one of his most formidable. Adapting David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, it stretches almost three and a half hours and price Apple $200 million to make.

Nothing has been extra anticipated at this 12 months’s Cannes Film Festival than “Killers of the Flower Moon” — a historic epic, a bitter crime movie and a Great Plains Western — which appeared to fulfill these expectations. It drew a prolonged standing ovation and repeated cheers for Scorsese, 80, who premiered his first movie at Cannes since 1985′s “After Hours.”

“We shot this a couple of years ago in Oklahoma. It’s taken its time to come around but Apple did so great by us,” Scorsese stated, addressing the crowd after the screening. “There was lots of grass. I’m a New Yorker.”

The crimson carpet drew a large spectrum of stars. Along with the movie’s expansive forged, attendees included Apple CEO Tim Cook, in addition to actors Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Paul Dano and Isabelle Huppert.

Though Grann’s guide affords many potential inroads to the story, Scorsese and co-writer Eric Roth heart their story on Ernest Burkhart (DiCaprio, in his seventh collaboration with Scorsese), a WWI veteran who falls for Mollie Brown (Gladstone), the member of a rich Osage household.

Since discovering oil reserves on their land, the Osage have been then the richest folks per capita in the nation. But that wealth is intently managed by appointed white guardians. A collection of murders prompts elevated panic amongst the Osage, who’re preyed on by a number of grasping killers.

Though Grann’s guide devoted many pages to the connections between the instances and the delivery of the FBI, much less time is spent in Scorsese’s movie on the homicide investigations. (Jesse Plemons performs an agent from the just-formed Bureau.) Instead, “Killers of the Flower Moon” captures the manipulation and murders of Native American folks via the dynamics in Ernest and Mollie’s relationship.

“Killers of the Flower Moon” opens in U.S. theaters on Oct. 6.

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