Angelina Jolie’s adaptation of Khmer Rouge memoir earns standing ovation at film festival

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Angelina Jolie’s latest directorial effort is garnering rave reviews at the Telluride Film Festival.

First They Killed My Father, which takes place during Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, made its world premiere on Saturday morning and received a standing ovation, EW reports. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote that the film is the “clearest illustration of [Jolie’s] filmmaking talent to date.”

Based on the best-selling memoir by Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father follows a young girl’s experience as a child soldier for the Khmer Rouge. The film hits theaters on September 15 — and, in an atypical move, will debut on Netflix the same day.

Films that draw critical praise during the festival circuit often go on to attract attention during awards season. Although we are months away from the glitziest time of year, First They Killed My Father is being hailed as a possible contender in the Oscars race.

Jolie will be joining Loung Ung  onstage next week in Toronto for the first-ever Women in the World Canada Summit, where they will discuss the new film.  Jolie has appeared onstage several times at WITW events over the years. Here’s a highlight of her rousing closing speech at the New York Summit in 2015.

Read the full story at Entertainment Weekly.


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