Cannes: 'Louder Than Bombs' Breakout Star Praises His "Supermom"

Devin Druid stars alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Isabelle Huppert and Gabriel Byrne in Joachim Trier's competition entry.

With Isabelle Huppert and Gabriel Byrne in Monday's press conference lineup for Joachim Trier’s competition entry Louder Than Bombs, there was a sizeable wealth of experience assembled.

Huppert, who was jury president back in 2009, has two Cannes best actress wins.

But it was the film’s young breakout star, Devin Druid, who drew the warmest praise on Monday. In his first film role (he has previously been seen as a younger Louis C.K. in the TV series Louie), the actor plays a teenager dealing with the family fallout from the suicide of his mother (Huppert) and his growing animosity towards his father (Byrne).

“It was like working with someone who had done 50-60 movies,” said Byrne. “If Joachim said he wanted to try it a different way, he was ready.”

Druid, meanwhile, was asked about his relationship with his own parents and opened up emotionally about his mother. “My mom is just incredible. She’s delved into both the mother and father figure in my life. She’s always been there for me and is supportive of everything I do, especially with something like this,” he said.

Living in Richmond, Virginia, but with most of his work in New York City, Druid said his mom has to make six-hour drives, sometimes twice a month.

“And she’s ready, geared up every time, not complaining about a single thing. She just wants to help me and my younger brother reach our dreams of what we want to do,” he said. “I don’t know how she does it. She’s a superhero. Supermom, I love you.”

Aside from praising his young co-star, Byrne also called working with Huppert a “lifelong ambition.” He added: “Someone once asked who my favorite actress was, and I said her.”

Louder Than Bombs has its world premiere in Cannes on Monday.

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