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Angelina Jolie receives standing ovation for First They Killed My Father

This is the fourth movie the actress has directed.

Angelina Jolie received a standing ovation for her new film First They Killed My Father at the Telluride Film Festival over the weekend (02-03Sep17).

The Maleficent star directed the movie about human rights activist Loung Ung's story of survival during the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s and on Saturday (02Sep17) the movie was screened for critics at the film festival.

According to reports, the movie has received standing ovations and praise from several film critics.

"Standing ovation for Angelina's First They Killed My Father," Awards Daily editor Sasha Stone wrote on

"I've admired aspects of Angelina Jolie's filmmaking across all her work. Now she's delivered her best," IndieWire's Eric Kohn added on the social media site.

The film is also receiving Oscar buzz.

"FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER is Angelina Jolie's best directorial effort yet," The Hollywood Reporter's Scott Feinberg added. "Might well be a contender beyond the foreign language category."

The new movie is the fourth film the actress has directed and she explains she made the movie because she wanted her son Maddox, who is an executive producer on the project, to learn about the history of his country.

"I started directing just a few years ago and I thought what matters to me, what has changed my life, what needs to be told," she said. "And I love (Cambodia) and feel it is so important that people know what happened, and I want my son to know who his countrymen are and to be proud of their culture and to confront and be honest about the past."

And with the film receiving critical acclaim, Angelina insists it would be a dream if the movie gets nominated for an Academy Award in the foreign language category.

She added, "I am a western woman and it would be amazing if they could agree to send our film (to the Academy)."

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