Instant Alert: ‘Wonderstruck,’ starring a deaf newcomer, lands at Cannes

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  ‘Wonderstruck,’ starring a deaf newcomer, lands at Cannes by Jake Coyle on May 18, 2017, 7:37 AM 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.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.”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.Rose is played by Millicent Simmonds, a 14 year-old from Utah making her screen debut.  
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