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Wes Anderson’s ‘The French Dispatch’ Receives Standing Ovation




Wes Anderson’sThe French Dispatch‘ evokes a nine-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival

The French Dispatch‘ earned one of the biggest standing ovations of the night at the 74th edition of Cannes. The applause continued for a total of nine minutes for Anderson and his cast, which included Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Stephen Park, Benicio Del Toro and Timothee Chalamet.

Actress Lea Seydoux was absent from the premier due to receiving a positive COVID-19 test.

Murray plays a devout editor to a gang of expatriate writers who must package their final collection of stories. Through the feature write-ups, comic strips and pictorials, Anderson plays with several vignettes and plots.


The cast stopped at the end of the red carpet to take a group photo and selfies despite the festival’s no-selfie rule.

Swinton already has five movies playing at Cannes.

The movie is a love letter to journalism, despite Anderson ironically declining to hold any press conferences with his cast or conduct any interviews with reporters in Cannes.

Anderson briefly said to the crowd “I hope we come back with another one soon” just before leaving the premier.


The French Dispatch‘ was meant to play at Cannes in 2020 but was moved to 2021 as a result of the global pandemic.

The release date was pushed to October 2020 only to be delayed further. It is now scheduled to be in US theatres in October 2022.

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