‘On the Road’ Premieres at Cannes Film Festival

The film adaptation of John Kerouac’s well-known novel ‘On the Road’ will be screened for the first time at the Cannes Film Festival.

The movie centers around Kerouac’s unique take on the Beat Generation as well as the beginning of a social and political awakening. Although producer Roman Coppola first purchased the film rights in 1979, it has taken more than 30 years for the novel to reach the screen.

Cast members include Sam Riley, who stars as Kerouac’s alter-ego Sal Paradise, Garrett Hedlund as Neal Cassidy, and Kristen Stewart as Neal’s young wife Marylou.

First reviews have praised the visuals while remaining unconvinced about the characters and overall story line.

Director Walter Salles, whose earlier films include The Motorcycle Diaries, claims he has been “very loyal” to the material. “It’s about discovering that this is the end of the road and the end of the American dream.”

The film will be released in the UK this September.

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