A return to Cannes made Matt Damon misty. The actor swooped into the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday night with “Stillwater,” a Focus Features drama directed by Tom McCarthy about an Oklahoma dad who tries to free his daughter (Abigail Breslin) from a mysterious murder sentence in an Italian jail. (Did anyone say Amanda Knox?)
As the credits rolled, Damon — standing by his director and co-stars — started to tear up at the cheers from the crowd.
While filmmakers don’t typically give speeches following their Cannes premieres, McCarthy broke with tradition and grabbed a mic.
“I’m overwhelmed to be here, I’ve been so greatly influenced by the cinema of this country and of Europe,” McCarthy said.
“It’s so inspiring to present a film to this amazing audience in this iconic theater … that’s all I can come up with in this instant-tradition moment,” he added.
A mini star was born in newcomer Lilou Siauvaud, who plays a surrogate daughter to Damon in the dramatic thriller. Their on-screen chemistry played huge with the audience, only magnified when the actors embraced in theater after credits rolled.
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After a pandemic hiatus, the 74th edition of Cannes returned this week in poignant and emotional reunion of the global film community.
“Stillwater” releases in the U.S. on July 30.
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