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New York City, NY – The North American premiere of Sofia Coppola’s highly anticipated biographical drama, “Priscilla,” took place at the New York Film Festival on Friday night, drawing the attention of film enthusiasts and critics alike. The film, based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir, “Elvis and Me,” offers a glimpse into the tumultuous relationship between Priscilla and Elvis Presley. The screening was followed by a captivating Q&A session with the film’s stars, Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi.
Cailee Spaeny, who takes on the role of Priscilla Presley, shared her experience of portraying the iconic figure on screen. She mentioned how her preparation involved a rare opportunity to sit down with Priscilla herself, gaining insights that helped her navigate the complex emotions and journey of her character. It was evident that this interaction had a profound impact on Spaeny’s portrayal.
One of the remarkable aspects of the film’s production was the incredibly tight deadline. Producer Youree Henley revealed the team’s initial doubts about whether they could create a compelling biographical drama in just 30 days. The challenges of this accelerated timeline were further compounded by the decision to shoot scenes out of order.
Spaeny humorously recounted the complexities of shooting out of sequence, emphasizing the role of hair, makeup, and costumes as her “anchors” in determining her character’s age and storyline. She playfully described the surreal experience of going from being “pregnant in the morning” to “14 years old after lunch,” a testament to the film’s unique production process.
Jacob Elordi, who portrays the legendary Elvis Presley, shared his approach to bringing the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll to life on the big screen. Elordi spoke about the need to “disable the mythology” surrounding Elvis and portray him as a human being with his own set of circumstances. He described the delicate balance of depicting one of the most famous people in the world while remaining honest about the complexities of love.
During the screening, Cailee Spaeny read a statement on behalf of director-writer Sofia Coppola, who was unable to attend the premiere due to her commitment to be with her mother, Eleanor. Coppola expressed her gratitude to the New York Film Festival and the audience for their support. She acknowledged the dedication of her cast and the hard work of her team in achieving the remarkable feat of completing “Priscilla” in just 30 days.
The film is dedicated to Sofia Coppola’s mother, Eleanor, and the director conveyed her hope that the audience would join in celebrating their collective effort and passion for independent cinema.
“Priscilla” is set to open in theaters on November 3rd, promising an intimate look into the tumultuous love story between Priscilla and Elvis Presley. With Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi’s powerful performances and Sofia Coppola’s distinctive storytelling, the film is poised to captivate audiences with its unique take on an iconic chapter in music history. As the stars and the director have shared, this project was a labor of love and a testament to the power of dedicated filmmaking, even under challenging circumstances.