Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Parthenope’ World Premiere Draws Nine-Minute Standing Ovation – Cannes Film Festival

Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino ascended the red carpet here this evening for his latest Cannes competition entry, Parthenope, which was welcomed by a nine-minute standing ovation.

“This movie is a celebration of the journey of my life,” the humbled filmmaker told the crowd.

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The movie follows Parthenope, a woman born in the sea of Naples in 1950 who searches for happiness over the long summers of her youth, falling in love with her home city and its many memorable characters. Sorrentino shot the Italian-French co-production between Naples and Capri.

The pic’s breakout star Celeste Dalla Porta was enthralled by the audience reaction, welling up as they applauded.

The cast also includes Dario Aita, Celeste Dalla Porta, Silvia Degrandi, Isabella Ferrari, Lorenzo Gleijeses, Biagio Izzo, Marlon Joubert, Peppe Lanzetta, Nello Mascia, Gary Oldman, Silvio Orlando, Luisa Ranieri, Daniele Rienzo, Stefania Sandrelli and Alfonso Santagata.

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Parthenope is the seventh Sorrentino movie to play the Croisette following 2004’s The Consequences of Love, 2008’s Il Divo — which won the Jury Prize and the Ecumenical Jury Prize — 2011’s This Must Be the Place starring Sean Penn, which also won the Ecumenical Jury Prize; 2013’s The Great Beauty and 2015’s Youth. The Great Beauty would go on to win the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2014.

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Sorrentino’s 2021 film, The Hand of God, debuted in Venice where it won the Grand Jury Prize and went on to an Oscar nomination.

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