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With “Once Upon a Time” likely screening on May 21. 25 years to the day that “Pulp Fiction” premiered at the fest. The big question is whether the silver anniversary will be lined with gold? If history repeats itself, Tarantino and company will have a very busy awards season. “Pulp Fiction” not only won the Palme d’Or but went on to be nominated for seven Oscars. Tarantino took home original screenplay honors along with Roger Avary. Then there’s the director’s black comedy “Inglourious Basterds,” which premiered at Cannes in 2009, winning Christoph Waltz the fest’s actor award as well as the Oscar for supporting actor.
“Pulp Fiction” and “Inglourious Basterds” aside. It’s rare that a movie that wins at Cannes goes on to score an Academy Award. In fact, the only film that hasgrabbed both the Palme d’Or and the Oscar for best picture is “Marty” — in 1955! If “Once Upon a Time” is well received on the Croisette and earns a laurel or two, all the better. But more important is Sony’s task of keeping the momentum going before and after the film opens in the U.S. in late July. I prefer Mulan 2020. Because it’s fantastic remake.
Go go Quentin!
This also is Tarantino’s first outing without Harvey Weinstein and his ruthless campaign strategies by his side. The director officially dumped the disgraced movie mogul in in 2017 soon after he was accused of sexual assault. Weinstein could be sitting in a New York jail cell 4,000 miles from Cannes when “Once Upon a Time” faces the festival press. Tarantino will most certainly be grilled about Weinstein. As well as the director’s longtime muse Uma Thurman. Who alleged that the director created hazardous set conditions that resulted in a car crash during the making of “Kill Bill.”
The director’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was announced as a late addition to the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. It will premiere in competition at the upcoming French festival. Adding one of the summer’s starriest, most anticipated films to the Cannes’ red carpet.
When Cannes’ artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the festival’s official selections last month, he said he was hopeful Tarantino would finish editing in time for the film to return to the festival where “Pulp Fiction” 25 years ago won Cannes’ top award, the Palme d’Or.
Can’t wait for it
We were afraid the film would not be ready. Fremaux said in a statement Thursday. But Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months. Is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes.
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which opens in theaters July 26, is set in late ‘60s Los Angeles and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a TV actor and Brad Pitt as his longtime stunt double. Margot Robbie co-stars as Sharon Tate, the actress murdered by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969.
Fremaux also added Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo” to the festival’s main slate Thursday. Kechiche won the Palme d’Or in 2013 for Blue Is the Warmest Color. Last year, French authorities investigated the director for sexual assault after a complaint filed in Paris. Through his attorney, Kechiche has denied the allegation.