Telluride Film Festival: Angelina and Maddox Jolie-Pitt’s ‘First They Killed My Father’ Gets Standing Ovation


A mother and son producing partnership have earned the ultimate audience stamp of approval: a standing ovation. Angelina Jolie (“Unbroken”) and Maddox Jolie-Pitt (“First They Killed My Father”), along with author Loung Ung, were at the premiere of their upcoming film “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” at Telluride Film Festival this weekend. The film, adapted from Ung’s memoir of the same name, left the audience in tears. Here are just a few of the audience reactions coming out of Telluride, via ET:

The biopic, whose trailer dropped last month, is a dramatic retelling of Ung’s experiences during Cambodia’s civil war and subsequent genocide of Cambodians across the country. Within four years, Ung’s parents, two sisters, and 20 other relatives were killed by the Khmer Rouge, and she only escaped the violence by fleeing on a boat to Thailand with her brother and his wife. Ung and Jolie co-wrote the film’s screenplay, with Jolie also directing and producing the film. Maddox, Jolie’s oldest son, is himself Cambodian and was the catalyst for finally making the film adaptation, which Jolie was nervous about doing.

This is the first film that Jolie-Pitt has worked on as an executive producer, and has already been hailed at his mother’s best film to date, according to Award Circuit’s own Mark Johnson, who said it’s the film Jolie “was destined to make.”

Erick Kohn of Indie Wire also praised the film, agreeing that the film is her biggest triumph to date:

Anne Thompson also noted the audience’s reaction to the film, which was unanimous and moving:

“First They Killed My Father” premieres Sept. 15 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.

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