Hugh Jackman’s latest film, “The Son”, premiered Wednesday at the Venice International Film Festival, where the screening’s conclusion was greeted with a thunderous standing ovation that went on for a full 10 minutes.
According to Deadline, Jackman was on hand for the screening, which was also attended by co-stars Laura Dern, Vanessa Kirby and Zen McGrath.
The film’s director, Florian Zeller, joined the cast to take several bows as the audience cheered.
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“The Son” is Zeller’s followup to “The Father”, which won two Oscars, for Best Adapted Screenplay and Anthony Hopkins taking the Best Actor honours.
“The Son” stars Jackman as a man named Peter, who’s recently welcomed a baby with new partner Emma (Kirby) when his ex-wife, Kate (Dern), shows up with their troubled teenage son, Nicholas (McGrath), who’s been missing from school from months and is angry and distant. While juggling his job, the demands of a baby and a new job offer, Peter struggles to forge a connection with Nicholas in the midst of his mental-health crisis.
“The Son” will also be one of the movies features at the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off Thursday, Sept. 8.