Leonardo DiCaprio reunites with Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese at the Killers of the Flower Moon photocall in Cannes on Sunday.
The 48-year-old Hollywood actor cut a dapper figure in a brown suit jacket and black shirt teamed with matching trousers.
Robert, 79, who recently announced the birth of his seventh child, wore a gray blazer and a beige polo top.
Martin, 80, who directs the new film, stood out in a cream suit jacket and blue shirt.
Martin’s Killers of the Flower Moon received a nine-minute standing ovation during its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night.
And as early reviews for the epic three-and-a-half-hour rollick in, it’s safe to say that the iconic director’s first Western will go down as ‘Victory’.
A wide range of film critics have already given the Leonardo-led film five stars, with one hailing it as one of the best of its genre.
Words such as ‘searing’ and ‘masterpiece’ were promoted by critics who managed to get tickets for the first screening.
IndieWire said DiCaprio gave ‘his best performance yet’, while The Guardian awarded five stars for a ‘remarkable epic about the bloody birth of America’.
There were some dissenting notes, with The Times calling it a ‘damp squib’.
Scorsese unveiled Killers of the Flower Moon in Cannes, debuting a sweeping American epic about greed and exploitation on the bloody plains of the Osage Nation reservation in 1920s Oklahoma.
Scorsese’s latest – starring DiCaprio, Lily Gladstone and Robert De Niro – is one of his most ambitious. Adapting David Grann’s nonfiction bestseller, it spans nearly three and a half hours and cost Apple $200 million to produce.
Nothing is more anticipated at this year’s festival than Killer of the Flower Moon — a bitter crime film and a Great Plains Western — that appeared to live up to those expectations.
It drew a prolonged standing ovation and repeated cheers for the 80-year-old Scorsese, who premiered his first film at Cannes since 1985’s After Hours.
Addressing the crowd after the screening, he said: ‘We shot this in Oklahoma a few years ago. It took time to come around but Apple did great by us.’
The red carpet attracted a wide spectrum of stars. Along with the film’s massive cast, attendees included Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as actors Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Paul Dano, and Isabelle Huppert.
Although Gran’s book confirms several possible subtexts of the story, Scorsese and co-writer Eric Roth centered their story around Ernest Burkhardt (DiCaprio, in his seventh collaboration with Scorsese), a WWI veteran, who are members of Molly Brown (Gladstone). A wealthy Osage family.
Assassins of the Flower Moon Plot
- Set in the 1920s, it focuses on the FBI’s investigation into a string of murders after several members of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma are killed.
- Killers of the Flower Moon focuses on a little-publicized chapter of American history involving the Osage Nation.
- Based on the nonfiction bestseller, the film stars DiCaprio as a weak-willed man who marries a wealthy Osage Indian and becomes embroiled in the deadly schemes of his kingpin uncle (De Niro).
The film sees DiCaprio playing alongside Scorsese’s other longtime muse De Niro, and depicts a wave of murders in the 1920s between the oil-rich Osage Indians and the birth of the FBI.
It marks DiCaprio’s big screen debut since the 2019 Quentin Tarantino flick Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. He also starred in the 2021 film Don’t Look Up, which streamed on Netflix.
Set in the 1920s, it focuses on the FBI’s investigation into a string of murders after several members of the Osage tribe in Oklahoma are killed.
The Killers of the Flower Moon focuses on a little-publicized chapter of American history involving the Osage Nation.
According to the Oklahoma Historical Society, in the 1920s, the Osage tribe became wealthy almost overnight after oil was discovered beneath their land, earning them more than $30 million in annual revenue at the height of the boom.
Subsurface minerals within the Osage Nation Reservation were tribally owned and held in trust by the government.
Mineral leases earned royalties that were paid entirely to the tribe – each allottee received an equal share, also known as a headright.
But these rights can be legally obtained by outsiders only if they marry into the tribe.
It was during this time that rancher William K. Hale, a native of Greenville, Texas, encouraged his subordinate nephew Ernest Burkhart to marry Osage member Mollie Kyle (later Mollie Burkhart).
After waiting in the rain for hours in the French Riviera town all week, fans went wild as the trio arrived for the premiere alongside several Native Americans in traditional garb.
Co-star Jesse Plemons arrived with his wife Kirsten Dunst, while Salma Hayek, Cate Blanchett and Tobey Maguire were also in attendance.
Based on the nonfiction bestseller, the film stars DiCaprio as a weak-willed man who marries a wealthy Osage Indian and becomes embroiled in the deadly schemes of his kingpin uncle (De Niro).
The screening of Killers of the Flower Moon was out-of-competition at Cannes.
It is the first time Scorsese, who won the Palme d’Or in 1976 for Taxi Driver, has presented a film here since 1985, although he served as jury president in 1998.
It is set to debut in limited theaters on October 6, with a wider release on October 20.
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‘ Scorsese delivers a remarkable story featuring Osage characters played by white actors with the audacious framing device of the flamboyantly insensitive ‘true crime’ radio show. It is an utterly absorbing film, a tale of what Scorsese sees as a secret history of American power, a hidden epidemic of violence polluting humanity’s water table.’
‘DiCaprio, with a mouth full of rotten teeth, offers us a man who is loveable and vulnerable and ugly in the depths of his soul, a man whose cheeks twitch when he lies, and whose body Worse from guilt faster than any poison. But it is Gladstone who provides the film’s center of gravity. She delivers one of the most extraordinary performances by a woman in any of Scorsese’s films. He is calm but not a saint; An archetype of tragedy with fire in his belly.’
‘Forrest Gump’s Eric Roth’s script meanders horribly, dips in and out of the murder story and ultimately leaves us sad with a villain in De Niro who’s not nearly a villain enough and a hero in DiCaprio. Which is a borderline idiot. They are boring company for 206 minutes.
‘Quentin Tarantino, 60, says he is leaving the directing game because he doesn’t want to be ‘this old guy who’s out of touch.’ What is plonker? Killers of the Flower Moon suggests that filmmakers should be engaged. I’ll even bet my cowboy boots and declare this (Scorsese’s first foray into the genre) one of the best Westerns ever made and almost certainly the best movie of 2023 so far.’
‘Whatever the reported $200 budget is all it takes is the kind of big screen epic story that Hollywood has been shying away from. Apple stepped in to make Scorsese’s vision come true, and it could be a game-changer in terms of how theatrical distribution and streaming come together.’
‘To some extent, this is a classic Scorsese crime tale transposed into prairie territory in a script co-written by director and Eric Roth. And there are darkly amusing moments of angst in which De Niro’s colorful performance recalls his Hall of Fame wisecracks.
‘ But the shift to historical Americana breathes a soulfulness into the material that feels different from most of the director’s output. This is a film as richly atmospheric as it is character-driven, enhanced by the somber colors of Rodrigo Prieto’s cinematography and the evocative details of Jack Fisk’s customarily upright period production design.’
“In its current form, “Killer” is still a compelling true story, one that Scorsese and co-writer Eric Roth shifted from a standard white-savior detective yarn to a more morally thorny take on how white criminals Conspired and executed. The murders Stylistically, it feels like a young person’s film. It’s engrossing from the get-go, the resonant tension organically fueled by Robbie Robertson’s steady-heartbeat score. But this goes on until the people we care about die, die or end up behind bars, about an hour left.’
The sepia-toned saga of slow self-sacrifice is sustained by a career-best performance from Leonardo DiCaprio. The former matinee idol has never shied away from playing low-lifes and scum-bums, but his nuanced and disjointed turn as the critinus Ernest Burkhardt mines does new wonders to the actor’s long-standing lack of vanity.