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'Wonderstruck,' starring a deaf newcomer, lands at Cannes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/18/2017 By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer
Actress Millicent Simmonds poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actress Millicent Simmonds poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

CANNES, France (AP) — The cacophony of the Cannes Film Festival was quieted Thursday by Todd Haynes' often wordless fable "Wonderstruck" and the young deaf actress who co-stars in it.

Actress Michelle Williams, from left, director Todd Haynes, actors Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael and Millicent Simmonds pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Michelle Williams, from left, director Todd Haynes, actors Julianne Moore, Jaden Michael and Millicent Simmonds pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

The debut of "Wonderstruck" was one of the most anticipated films of the festival. Haynes' follow-up to his much Oscar-nominated "Carol" has already been pegged as a possible Academy Awards contender.

Actress Millicent Simmonds poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Actress Millicent Simmonds poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

"Wonderstruck" is based on the young-adult novel by Brian Selznick, whose 2007 book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," was turned into a film by Martin Scorsese. "Wonderstruck" follows parallel story lines across eras: an orphaned boy who runs away to New York in 1977, and Rose, a deaf girl in 1927, who also seeks something in New York.

Actors Jaden Michael, from left, Millicent Simmonds, producer John Sloss, director Todd Haynes, actress Michelle Williams, producers Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and author Brian Selznick pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press Actors Jaden Michael, from left, Millicent Simmonds, producer John Sloss, director Todd Haynes, actress Michelle Williams, producers Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler and author Brian Selznick pose for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Thursday, May 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Rose is played by Millicent Simmonds, a 14 year-old from Utah making her screen debut.

Director Todd Haynes poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck, at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Director Todd Haynes poses for photographers during the photo call for the film Wonderstruck, at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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