Selena Gomez Reportedly Weeps as 'Emilia Pérez' Gets 11-Minute Standing Ovation at Cannes

The upcoming musical crime-comedy got a thunderous applause upon its premiere at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

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The Selena Gomez-starring film Emilia Pérez was such a hit at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival that the film got an 11-minute standing ovation.

The Spanish-language musical crime-comedy film, directed by Jacques Audiard, premiered at the French film competition on Saturday (May 18), equaling 2009 Quentin Tarantino war drama Inglourious Basterds in applause time. The ovation also marks the festival's largest this weekend.

With Audiard, Gomez and co-stars Zoe Saldaña, Karla Sofía Gascón and Édgar Ramírez in attendance, the film's strong reception reportedly made Gomez teary-eyed, as seen in the clips below.

A bashful Selena Gomez basks in the applause after the premiere of ‘Emilia Perez’ #Cannes2024

— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) May 18, 2024
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the audience at cannes break into RAPTUROUS applause for selena gomez

— ً (@americanreqiuem) May 18, 2024
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‘Emilia Perez’ just landed the loudest, most enthusiastic standing ovation at #Cannes2024 at nine minutes, leaving its entire incredible cast — including Zoe Saldana, Selena Gomez and Karla Sofia Gascón — in tears.

— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 18, 2024
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Gomez surprised her 428 million Instagram followers with news about Emilia Pérez, sharing her excitement for its Cannes premiere. The film makes its theatrical debut in France on Aug. 28, 2024.

Making her major acting debut in Emilia Pérez as the titular character is Gascón, as the film followers Pérez who undergoes gender-affirming surgery to evade law officials as a former Mexican cartel crime boss.

Other ovations that have taken place during the latest iteration of Cannes thus far are the Barry Keoghan-starring Bird (which also got roughly 11 minutes of a standing ovation), Francis Ford Coppola-direcred sci-fi epic Megalopolis (despite mixed reviews), and Furiosa, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hardy.

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