Priscilla leaves the 80th Venice Film Festival All Shook Up as Bella Thorne, Sofia Coppola and Priscilla Presley leads the Lido glamour at latest Elvis premiere after writers strike derailed annual ceremony
After a week of underwhelming red carpet appearances there was a sense of inevitability about Monday’s premiere, a testament to the King Of Rock N’ Roll himself – Mr. Elvis Aaron Presley.
Much like the main himself, the first official screening of Priscilla defied modern convention by welcoming an improved guest list, with Priscilla Presley and Bella Thorne among the early arrivals at the floating city’s historic Lido.
Their appearance followed a week of comparative inactivity at the annual event, widely swerved by many of the Hollywood elite as they stand in solidarity with the ongoing SAG-AFTRA writers strikes.
Leading the way, Priscilla, 78 – making her first red carpet appearance since the death of daughter Lisa-Marie in January – caught the eye in a black satin co-ord with distinctive sheer sleeves.
She rounded off the look with conventional black heels, while an understated black handbag appeared to be her only notable accessory.
Meanwhile Bella, 25, ensured she caught the eye in a sweeping ivory gown with an off-the-shoulder detail as she greeted onlookers outside the venue.
Midnight blue heels gave the look a an extra splash of colour, while a gold choker and an accompanying assortment of costume jewellery rounded things off.
Earlier that day Priscilla insisted that she ‘never had sex’ with her late ex-husband Elvis Presley when she was 14 as she attended the photocall and press conference for the new film.
The highly-anticipated biopic tells the story of a teenage Priscilla and her romance with the late King of Rock N Roll Elvis Presley. played here by Jacob Elordi.
It is directed by Sofia Coppola, based on Priscilla’s 1985 memoir Elvis And Me, and will premiere on Monday evening on the Lido.
Speaking from the audience at the press conference panel for the film, Priscilla held back tears as she opened up about her late husband and gushed about the movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, she admitted: ‘It’s very difficult to watch a film about you and about your life and about your love.
‘But Sofia did an amazing job. She did her homework. And I really put everything out for her that I could.’
Priscilla, 78, spoke about the fact that she met Elvis when she was just 14 years old, confessing it was ‘very difficult for my parents to understand that Elvis would be so interested in me and why.’
However, she defended the Jailhouse Rock singer, denying that the couple had sex and insisting she was ‘older in life than in years’.
She said: ‘Elvis would pour his heart out to me. His hopes, his fears, his loss of his mother. And I was the person who really sat there to listen and to comfort him. That was really our connection.
‘Even though I was 14, I was older in life than in years. And that was the attraction. People think “oh, it was sex, it was this.” Not at all. I never had sex with him.
‘He was very kind, very soft, very loving. But he also respected the fact I was only 14 years old. We were more in mind and thought and that was our relationship.’
Priscilla has previously claimed that Elvis insisted on waiting until they were married to have sex and said in Elvis And Me that she was a virgin until their wedding night.
The business woman looked the picture of sophistication in a pair of black trousers embroidered with sequins.
She teamed the sparkly bottoms with a white silk shirt that was adorned with tiny diamonds.
Priscilla boosted her height with a pair of chunky black shoes and toted a floral handbag decorated with intricate beading.
Her fiery red tresses were styled down and straight and she hid her eyes behind a pair of black oversized sunglasses.
Priscilla posed alongside Sofia and the movie’s stars Jacob Elordi and Cailee Spaeny, who were allowed to walk the red carpet despite the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
The film has landed a SAG-AFTRA Interim agreement, according to Deadline, as it was filmed in Canada, allowing Jacob, 26, and Cailee, 25, to attend the festival.
Sofia looked effortlessly stylish in a black button-up shirt and a matching pair of trousers secured with a coordinating belt.
Jacob cut a suave figure in a grey blazer and a pair of matching flared trousers over a plain black shirt left partially unbuttoned.
He added a pair of shiny black dress shoes and sported facial hair while shielding his eyes behind orange tinted sunglasses.
Cailee glowed in a white off-the-shoulder dress with flouncy sleeves and decorated with a green leaf pattern.
She added a pink rose on the front of her dress and toted a bright green clutch, while elevating her height in pale pink high heels.
Venice was filled with stars on Monday, with appearances by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sadie Sink as well.
Maggie looked in high spirits in a crisp whit shirt and a pair of black trouser with matching ballet flats.
She added a white MiuMiu handbag with a gem encrusted strap and a pair of sophisticated black sunglasses.
Stranger Things star Sadie cut a laidback figure in a pair of oversized blue jeans and graphic white T-shirt.
She attempted to keep a low cover as she bundled up in a black blazer and hid behind a pair of shades.
She carried a white tote bag over one shoulder and added black loafers while her red locks were in loose waves.
Ever Anderson looked thrilled as she beamed while she was whisked across the canals in a water taxi.
The daughter of actress Milla Jovovich and director Paul W. S. Anderson, 15, looked stylish in a pair of blue jeans.
She added a simple black and white checked T-shirt and toted a beige MiuMiu handbag.
Ever kept things casual by opting for a pair of comfortable black trainers and added a pair of black sunglasses.
Michelle Rodriguez also made a smooth arrival on a water taxi after being given a helping hand into the boat.
She looked fashion forward in a cream tank top underneath a white open shirt and matching trousers.
The actress added a gold pendant necklace and swept her raven tresses up in a messy ponytail.
Ava DuVernay looked radiant in a black fitted midi dress, with a pair of matching high-heels and a contrasting white handbag.