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Elle Fanning promotes 'The Neon Demon' in Cannes

"We made a movie that's heightened reality," director Nicholas Winding Refn said.

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Annie Martin
Elle Fanning at a Cannes International Film Festival photocall for The Neon Demon on Friday. Photo by David Silpa/UPI
Elle Fanning at a Cannes International Film Festival photocall for "The Neon Demon" on Friday. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

CANNES, France, May 20 (UPI) -- Elle Fanning promoted her latest movie, The Neon Demon, Friday in Cannes.

The 18-year-old American actress attended a photocall for the film at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival, where the movie is competing for the Palme D'or.

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Fanning was all smiles on the red carpet in a lace Chanel minidress and platform pumps. Director Nicholas Winding Refn and co-stars Bella Heathcote and Karl Glusman also attended the event.

The Neon Demon received boos and mixed reviews at its press screening Thursday. Refn called the response "punk rock" and encouraged the audience to not "compromise on life or anything" in a press conference the next day.

"We made a movie that's heightened reality," the director said. "It's everything that's glorious and glamorous and vulgar and beautiful. It's terror and beauty. It's sex and violence. It's primal."

"The idea of the movie when I talked to Elle Fanning was, 'Let's make a movie about the obsession of beauty,'" he revealed. "It's in our television, it's in our print, it's in our social media, it's in our movies ... but what's going to happen when the longevity no longer exists? Meaning that how we define beauty shrinks and shrinks."

The Neon Demon opens in theaters June 24 and co-stars Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves and Christina Hendricks. The film follows an aspiring model (Fanning) who encounters a group of sinister and beauty-obsessed women in Los Angeles.

Fanning is the younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning and known for Super 8 and Maleficent. She is slated for a number of other projects, including Live by Night with Ben Affleck and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

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