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Cannes Cheers James Gray’s Armageddon Time With A Seven-Minute Standing Ovation

The 1980s-set drama about growing up in Queens hits home on Twitter

Focus Features 05.26.2022

When James Gray’s Armageddon Time premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the audience told the filmmakers how they felt with a seven-minute emotional standing ovation. With tears in his eyes, Gray said to the spectators, “It’s my story, in a way, and you guys shared it with me.” The 1980s coming-of-age drama follows the fraught friendship between two boys, one Jewish (Banks Repeta) and one African American (Jaylin Webb), both struggling with personal identity in a time of political turmoil. The film’s other actors — Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, and Jeremy Strong — are all being applauded for their stunning performances. Jessica Chastain’s cameo as Maryanne Trump is equally striking. For the audience, as Entertainment Weekly says, “it's a small, near-perfect New York story.” Here are some of the other stellar reactions from Cannes on Twitter about Armageddon Time.

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