Kevin Costner gets Cannes standing ovation for ‘Horizon’

Kevin Costner
Kevin Costner

With his Western epic “Horizon” receiving a 7-minute standing ovation at Cannes and promising “three more” installments, Kevin Costner is unable to hold back his tears.

“Horizon: An American Saga,” Kevin Costner’s risk-taking Western epic, received a seven-minute standing ovation at Cannes on Sunday.

Costner was obviously moved as the picture drew massive ovations and screams of “Kevin! Kevin! Kevin!” During his remarks, Costner thanked the audience and promised “three more” chapters of the “Horizon” franchise, which already has a sequel set to release in August.

I’m sorry you had to clap for so long before I realized I needed to speak,” Costner added to laughs. “Such kind individuals. It was a wonderful occasion, not just for me but also for the performers who accompanied me, as well as those who believed in me and continued to work with me. It’s a funny business, and I’m delighted I discovered it. There’s no place like this. I’ll never forget this, and neither will my children.

The blood-soaked film, a two-part look at the development of the American West, is presented through the eyes of cattle ranchers, farmers, and soldiers establishing a future for themselves in the region, as well as the Native Americans who lived there originally. It’s a very personal endeavor for Costner, who spent a large portion of his own riches to make the $100 million-plus picture, including mortgaging his ranch. He directs, stars, produces, and co-writes the picture.

Though Costner earned a standing ovation when the credits rolled, “Horizon’s” three-hour duration and American frontier plot may have proven too much for others. There were several walkouts throughout the film; many people returned, while others did not. In the film, Costner guns his way across the nineteenth-century Wild West.

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Along the way, he has a sexual escapade with a damsel in distress who is 33 years younger, and he shoots and kills a particularly wicked fellow settler, which elicits the most applause in the film. Unlike most films shown at Cannes, “Horizon” concludes with an enticing preview of the following installment.

Over the years, Costner has been treated kindly by the Western genre. He directed “Dances With Wolves,” a blockbuster smash, and “Open Range,” which was a box office triumph. In addition, Costner received an Oscar for directing and producing “Dances with Wolves.”

Pre-release hype for “Horizon” has mostly focused on Costner’s rocky exit from the popular show “Yellowstone,” which he hosts and departed suddenly despite the show’s popularity in the ratings. The producers of the show said that Costner was less available since “Horizon’s” intricate production took up all of his time.

On Sunday, Costner debuted the first segment of “Horizon” in Cannes. In the United States, it premieres on June 28. On August 16, the second chapter opens in cinemas. That release plan has its own set of risks: in the event that the first installment is a failure, would fans still be interested in the second?

The cast of “Horizon” consists of Tatanka Means, Owen Crow Shoe, Jamie Campbell Bower, Thomas Haden Church, Sam Worthington, Giovanni Ribisi, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Michael Rooker, Danny Huston, Luke Wilson, Isabelle Fuhrman, and Sienna Miller.

F&Q

1. Kevin Costner Cannes
Kevin Costner could hardly fight back tears as his western epic ‘Horizon’ received a 7-minute standing ovation at Cannes.

2. Kevin Costner Net Worth
Around $250 million

3. Kevin Costner New Movie
Horizon: An American Saga (2024 | Western/Drama | 3h 1m)

4. Kevin Costner Children
Kevin Costner is a loving father of seven kids. With his ex-wife Cindy Silva, the Yellowstone actor has three adult children: Annie, 40, Lily, 37, and Joe, 36. He also has a son, Liam, 26, with his past partner, Bridget Rooney.

5. Kevin Costner Age
69 years (18 January 1955)

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