After the cult classic Pulp Fiction took centre stage at the Cannes Film Festival 25 years ago, ace filmmaker Quentin Tarantino debuted his latest work, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, at the same venue yesterday. Probably the most awaited film of the year, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood received a good six-minute long standing ovation, leaving viewers amazed after the film’s screening. Needless to say, the director along with his stars enjoyed the cheering crowd. The response that the film received on its premiere offered the right kind of jolt that was needed at the Cannes Film Festival this year as the festivities weren’t as hyped or up to the mark.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood features A-list actors as leads. And a Tarantino film is bound to have star power which is why the combination of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie seems to be perfect. The film rode itself on a high horse also marking it as Caprio’s return to the silver screen after four years. The actor was last seen in The Revenant for which he was honoured with an Oscar.
After the premiere, the Kill Bill filmmaker spoke to the crowd. He said, ” To my wonderful actors, producers and the studio that helped me make this movie. Thank you for being such a fantastic audience, for the first time we ever showed it to an audience. See you on the Croisette!” He also requested the fans to not reveal any spoilers if they wrote or spoke about the film to add a layer of mystery which will be unveiled in cinema houses across the globe on July 26. Tarantino’s return to Cannes is also significant as it marks the 25th anniversary of Pulp Fiction which one itself the Palme D’Or in 1994.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood also marks Tarantino’s ninth film in his 30-year long career. And according to the head of the Cannes Film Festival, Thierry Fremaux, the film, set in 1969 deals with Tarantino’s memories of the Hollywood he knew as a child. He added, ” It’s important to have Quentin Tarantino here because he’s one of the greatest directors of his generation. He’s a friend and it’s very pleasant to have one’s friends coming back.” He also mentioned that the film was not mentioned in the earlier lineup of screenings as it was not ready but was later announced to be a part of the competition program.