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One of the most anticipated motion pictures at this yr’s Venice Film Festival is Priscilla, Sofia Coppola’s newest concerning the relationship between Priscilla Presley (Cailee Spaeny) and rock and roll legend Elvis Presley (Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi), who met when she was 14 and he was 24 whereas he was serving within the Army and stationed in Germany. Coppola’s movie doesn’t maintain again in its depiction of Elvis’s grooming of younger Priscilla, in addition to his controlling (and typically violent) conduct towards her, plying her with capsules, throwing chairs at her, and at one level almost sexually assaulting her.

And these attending the movie’s press convention received a shock: Priscilla Presley herself was in attendance, and although she wasn’t formally collaborating within the on-stage Q&A, fielded a query from the group.

“It’s very troublesome to take a seat and watch a movie about you, and about your life, and about your love, and…,” Presley trailed off, tears streaming down her face, “I feel Sofia did a tremendous job. She did her homework. We spoke a few occasions, and I actually put the whole lot out for her that I might.”

Presley, who misplaced her daughter with Elvis, Lisa Marie, earlier this yr, serves as an government producer on the movie, which is tailored from her memoir Elvis and Me.

“It was very troublesome for my dad and mom to know that Elvis can be so concerned with me, and why, and I actually do suppose [it was] as a result of I used to be extra of a listener,” Presley defined. “Elvis would pour his coronary heart out to me each method in Germany — his fears, his hopes, the lack of his mom, which he by no means, ever received over — and I used to be the one that actually, actually sat there to pay attention, and to consolation him. That was actually our connection. Even although I used to be 14, I used to be truly a bit bit older in life, not in numbers. That

was the attraction. People suppose, ‘Oh, it was intercourse,’ ‘It was this.’ Not at all. I by no means had intercourse with him. He was very sort, very gentle, and really loving, however he additionally revered the truth that I used to be 14 years outdated. We have been extra in thoughts and thought, and that was our relationship.”


She continued: “I don’t know why he put a lot belief in me, however he did. And I by no means, ever, ever advised anybody that I used to be seeing him, and that was one other difficulty that he liked: I by no means gave him up in any method. I by no means advised anybody at college I used to be seeing him. We constructed a relationship, and that relationship went on till, sure, I left. And it wasn’t as a result of I didn’t love him — he was the love of my life — it was the approach to life that was so troublesome for me, and I feel any lady can relate to that. But it didn’t mar our relationship. We nonetheless remained very shut, and naturally we had our daughter, and I made positive that he noticed her on a regular basis. It was like we by no means left one another — so I need to make that clear.”

Priscilla will probably be launched in theaters on Oct. 27.

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