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Matthew McConaughey brushes off Cannes 'boos' for film

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Media captionMatthew McConaughey told a Cannes news conference that audiences had "a right to boo"

Matthew McConaughey has brushed aside criticism of his new movie at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Oscar-winning actor stars as a suicidal man who has travelled to Japan to kill himself in The Sea of Trees.

Heckles and boos were heard at Friday's press screening, but McConaughey said, "People have as much right to boo as to ovate."

The film is directed by Gus Van Sant, whose film Elephant won the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2003.

The Sea of Trees has its public premiere on Saturday.

Reviews for the film, which also stars Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe, have also been fairly negative, with the Guardian's one-star review calling it "a fantastically annoying and dishonest tear-jerker".

Speaking to journalists on Saturday, Van Sant said: "I read one review this morning and it was very definitive, I was imagining everyone was the same as this person so I thought, 'Now we know where we stand,' which was kind of nice."

Referring to the 2003 festival, he continued: "There was apparently some kind of fight after the Elephant screening, like fisticuffs over whether it was good or bad, which I thought was interesting."

The new film is also in competition for this year's top prize which is announced on 24 May.

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