Which films had the longest standing ovations at Cannes?

Tilda Swinton pranks Timothee Chalamet during nine-minute standing ovation for new Wes Anderson film

Stars Insider

13/07/21 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Cannes film festival

As a prestigious and time-honored event, the famed film festival has a long history of overzealous applause. The celebrated actors and directors stand awkwardly for the entire duration, unsure of what to do with their hands, and it's weird but sweet.

Wes Anderson's latest film, 'The French Dispatch,' brought its roster of A-list actors to Cannes for its premiere on July 12, among them the likes of Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and Timothee Chalamet. Swinton and Chalamet had everyone's attention from the red carpet due to their dazzling outfits, and they continued to eat up the attention during the film's incredible nine-minute standing ovation. Swinton also took the opportunity to prank her apparent good friend, as a clip shared to Twitter shows her sneakily taping a piece of paper with her name on it onto Chalamet's back without him noticing, then turning him to make sure the cameras could see. They certainly had enough time to get creative! 

Of course, a standing ovation always trumps being booed, for which the festival is also notorious, despite its elite crowds. Surprising films like 'Taxi Driver' (1976), 'L'Avventura' (1960), and Sofia Coppola's 'Marie Antoinette' (2006) were all booed by men and women in tuxedos and gowns.

According to a list gathered by Quartz from news reports over the years, many surprising films have earned the longest standing ovations in Cannes history. 'The French Dispatch' doesn't even come close! Click through to find out the films with the most physically demanding fanfare.


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