Director Todd Haynes‘ film Wonderstruck, starring Montauk‘s Julianne Moore, earned a more than three-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the 70th Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The film, which is an adaptation of the young adult novel by Brian Selznick, tells the story of an orphaned deaf boy (Oakes Fegley) from the Midwest seeking answers about his past in 1977 New York City, and a young deaf girl, Rose (Millicent Simmonds), who leaves her home in Hoboken, New Jersey to find a famous actress in 1927 New York City. With an eye and ear for authenticity, Haynes (Velvet Goldmine) left much of the partly silent film without spoken dialogue, and he actually cast a number of deaf actors, including Simmonds, who plays Rose.
Moore, who plays two characters, silent film star Lillian Mayhew and a mysterious deaf woman in 1977 NYC, explains to THR that Haynes is “able to tell that story of what it is to be a human being, and do it, like I said, where your senses are all kind of alive.”
Returning the compliment, Haynes tells THR, “There is something extraordinary about Julianne’s work as a film actor.” The director goes on to point out Moore’s ability to “leave space” for the audience to fill in, and tohave their own role to play in the film.
Wonderstruck also stars Michelle Williams, Damian Young, Cory Michael Smith, Sawyer Nunes, Tom Noonan, Morgan Turner, Amy Hargreaves and James Urbaniak, and if the audience reaction means anything, it appears to be a contender for the festival’s coveted Palme d’Or award.
Watch a scene from Wonderstruck below.