Notes from Cannes: Tarantino and the Inglourious Basterds

Notes from Cannes: Tarantino and the Inglourious Basterds
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First Published: Thu, May 21 2009. 05 33 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 21 2009. 05 33 PM IST
It was Quentin Tarantino’s day. And an American day, because there are only two American films in Cannes this year.
I attended the press screening of his ’Inglourious Basterds’ in the morning; loved it so much that I went back for the evening screening.
It’s undoubtedly one of his really good works. Not as stylish as he usually is, but it’s a gripping film. The subject itself is kind of gimmicky and wild. It’s an imaginary take on World War II---where a group of Jewish men, led by the character that Brad Pitt plays, come back to take revenge on the nazis. There’s also Diana Kruger, who plays a victim of the Nazi regime. Violent, funny and full of attitude---you gotta watch this. At the press meet, Tarantino said he didn’t want to be recognized as an American film-maker, but a world film-maker.
At the red carpet, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (in a really, really , really sheer dress) grabbed all the attention. But Tarantino was unique even on the red carpet---he did an impromptu jig for the photographers and continued wearing his dancing shoes later into the night for the party hosted for the film. He actually danced all night till 7am!
Another highlight of the day was the screening of Alain Resnais’ ’The Wild Grass’. The 81-year-olf film-maker of the famous film ’Hiroshima Mon Amor’ got a long standing ovation from the crowd.
It now appears that attendance is less by about 30% this year, and many countries are absent or under-represented. There’s absolutely no buzz about India...it’s depressing.
Sunil Doshi is a Mumbai-based producer, film curator and director of NDTV Lumiere. He is a guest of honour at the Producer’s Network at Festival de Cannes this year.
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First Published: Thu, May 21 2009. 05 33 PM IST