Cannes Film Festival 2023, Quentin Tarantino guest of the Fortnight

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The May 25th Quentin Tarantino will be a guest of Directors’ Fortnightautonomous section of the Cannes Film Festival (THE SPECIAL) scheduled from 16 to 27 May. “This exceptional and generous cinephile is at home at the Quinzaine,” the organizers declared. “He will be our guest this year to present a surprise film and discuss his counter-history of cinema. Rockabilly atmosphere on the closing day”. The film festival will therefore propose a film lesson of the American director, who “has just delivered a fascinating analysis in a critical essay on the cinema of the seventies and will come to talk about it”.


On April 6 at the Teatro Grande in Brescia and on April 7 at the Mondadori Duomo bookshop in Milan, the director of the cult pulp Fiction And Kill Bill presented the book Cinema Speculationpublished in Italy by The Ship of Theseus, on the occasion of the XXIV edition of the Milanesiana, conceived and directed by Elisabetta Sgarbi. The work tells the story of a child in love with cinema who spends evenings with his parents in Los Angeles halls. That voracious little spectator, who prefers the enchantment of the big screen to games, grows fascinated by a new generation of actors and directors such as Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Sam Peckinpah, Don Siegel, Brian De Palma and Martin Scorsese. They are revolutionary films that inspire that boy’s imagination, an encounter that will prove to be decisive for his career behind the camera. Tarantino is an extraordinary movie buff in all its forms and Cinema Speculation tells the story of the birth of this love and represents, at the same time, a history of cinema according to the director. Narrated in the first person through reviews, memories and anecdotes between autobiography, criticism and reportage, the book offers a unique look at the seventh art: “At a certain point, when I realized I was seeing films that my peers were not allowed to see – yes law – I asked my mother why. She replied: ‘Quentin, it worries me more if you watch the news. A film can’t hurt you'”.


Born in Tennessee in 1963, Quentin Tarantino, who has always been a great lover of cinema, worked in a video library in his youth and, in the same period, wrote the screenplays for A life to the fullest And Natural Born Killers. Tarantino made his directorial debut with the film Hyenas (1992) and immediately achieved great success. For the film pulp Fiction (1994) it won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in the same year and the Academy Award for Best Screenplay the following year. Among the later works appear Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004) and Grindhouse – Death Proof (2007) and multiple Oscar candidates Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Django Unchained (2012), the latter winner of an award for Best Screenplay. Among the most recent films are The Hateful Eight (2015) e Once upon a time in… Hollywood (2019).