The longest ovations and applause of Cannes

The standing ovation for Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ lasted 12 minutes, but how does that compare to past Cannes premieres?


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Our favorite Cannes pastime? Applaud. And we’re not just talking polite applause, but a roaring short worth standing up and cheering for world premieres.

Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ recently made headlines at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival for a 12-minute standing ovation – despite early reports that it was only 10 minutes (you really have to count every applause). But by industry standards, it’s literally twice as much excitement for the epic musical biopic as George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” which yearned for a standing ovation longer than its six-minute mark. The applause for David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” also lasted less than seven minutes.

Yes, the Cannes Standing O’s are a disconcerting phenomenon. And don’t even get us started on the double standards of walkouts. But it’s not enough to say there was a standing ovation at a Cannes premiere – we need a minute-by-minute breakdown.

Below, discover the films in Cannes history that have surprisingly received the most applause. Sorry “Good Time” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” but we’re only counting movies that break the double digit mark. Now we are already preparing our timers for next year….

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