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Cannes 2021: 'The French Dispatch' receives a nine-minute standing ovation

The long-awaited tenth film from Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch, has finally received its premiere at Cannes Film Festival following frequent delays due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 

Given a nine-minute standing ovation following the end of the film, The French Dispatch is described as a love letter to journalists and stars Anderson mainstays Bill Murray and Adrien Brody alongside Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton and Elisabeth Moss.

“I hope we come back with another one soon. Thank you,” Wes Anderson announced following the extended standing ovation for the film, with critics praising the film for its striking visual style and water-tight script. Owen Wilson, also a staple of Wes Anderson’s ensemble cast and appears in The French Dispatch, noted the film as “so unique and original”, praising the storyline featuring Benicio Del Toro and Léa Seydoux as his favourite in the film. 

Whilst the large majority of the ensemble cast, which also included Saoirse Ronan, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Christoph Waltz, in attendance at Cannes, the only real omission was Lea Seydoux who is currently quarantining in Paris with coronavirus. 

The film itself is directed and written by Anderson, and is “set in an outpost of an American newspaper in a fictional 20th Century French city and brings to life a collection of stories published in The French Dispatch magazine”.

With music by the iconic French composer Alexandre Desplat, rumours are speculating that Anderson could be targeting a premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is set to be released in US cinemas in October 2022, with a UK release date is yet to be confirmed.

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