Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ Gets 11-Minute Ovation At Its Cannes World Premiere

Kevin Costner’s ‘Horizon: An American Saga’ Gets 11-Minute Ovation At Its Cannes World Premiere

Kevin Costner’s Western epic Horizon: An American Saga had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, getting an 11-minute, 40-second ovation after the credits began rolling at the Grand Theatre Lumiere.

The three-hour movie is the first chapter of a planned four-part series directed by and starring Costner, who soaked in the applause along his fellow stars including Sienna Miller, Alejandro Edda, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Georgia MacPhail, Ella Hunt, Isabelle Fuhrman, Wasé Chief, Luke Wilson and Costner’s son Hayes Logan Costner.

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Costner waved at the crowd and seemed humbled by the applause tonight. “There’s no place like here — I’ll never forget this,” he told the audience in brief remarks. “I made this [movie] … it’s not mine anymore this is yours, and I knew that the minute it was over.”

“I feel so lucky, so blessed,” he said, adding after a pause, “There’s three more.”

Horizon: An American Saga – Chapter 1 is due to hit theaters June 28 via Warner Bros, with the second coming on its heels August 16. Costner told Deadline recently that Chapter 3 begins production this month.

The film, which returns Costner to the Western genre, chronicles the expansion of the American West before and after the Civil War. Between the Native Americans who saw their lands getting colonized and those who were determined to settle there, sometimes at any cost, history is being written.


Costner has been plenty busy since landing in Cannes. The film has been wrapping up sales in international territories here, while Costner, after finishing up a festival photo call earlier Sunday, received France’s Order of Arts and Letters honor from French Culture Minister Rachida Dati in a ceremony that came complete with a hat-tip to his role in The Bodyguard reference.

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