Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, Riley Keough, made her co-directorial debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival with her latest film War Pony. The 32-year-old star’s movie was screened at the festival on Saturday.
It was also the same day when Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, a biopic on the legendary musician starring Austin Butler, premiered at the prestigious film festival. Cannes Film Festival director Thierry Fremaux said it was a “happy coincidence” that Keough’s movie and the movie about her grandfather premiered on the same day.
A little bit on her first movie War Pony
According to reports, Keough co-directed the film alongside Gina Gammell, another debuting director. Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough was dressed in a black blazer with matching shorts and Dior heels for the screening. She claimed to be “in shock” attending the festival this year.
“We’re really just grateful to be here,” she said. “This was a collaboration between all of us, and this is all of our film,” she added. Reports suggest that after the screening of the movie was over, the audience saluted it by clapping for six minutes straight.
What does Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough feel about the audience’s response?
As the cheering mellowed down, Keough embraced everyone who had shared the stage with her. “I’m very overwhelmed. I haven’t really taken it all in yet,” Keough told People magazine. “It’s been wonderful … we’re just excited,” she added.
How did the young director react to the Elvis biopic?
Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough was also left in tears by her grandfather’s biopic. She shared this experience with her mother Lisa Marie Presley, and grandmother Priscilla Presley. Speaking to Variety at the Cannes, she said that all three women only wept seeing their beloved Elvis’ life play away on screen.
“It was a very emotional experience. It’s very intense to watch when it’s your family,” she said. “It wasn’t like I distrusted Baz in any way, but you’re protective over your family,” she added.
The Elvis family’s joy at the release of the movie
Earlier this month, Priscilla Presley took to her Instagram to express her appreciation for the movie. “I’ve seen Elvis the film. I watched the trailer over a dozen times,” she wrote. “I relived every moment in this film. It took me a few days to overcome the emotions, as it did with Lisa,” she added. Lisa Marie Presley also called the movie “absolutely exquisite” and said that it has to win an Oscar in the future.
We wish Elvis Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough all the best for the future!