Will Tarantino repeat Cannes history with “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood dir. Quentin Tarantino 2019

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is soon set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one of the most anticipated movies of the year and it's hardly surprising. The filmmaker has helmed such modern classics as Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and has revised his own favourite genres in the likes of Kill Bill Volumes I & II, Django Unchained and more. Perhaps the reason why his films are so enjoyable is that Tarantino's own enjoyment always translates; this is unquestionably a man who lives and breathes cinema. 

His scripts are enthralling and over the decades he's delivered more iconic characters than perhaps any of his contemporaries. Yet, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood looks set to be his most popular work in years. Many great names are associated with the film's recipe for success, and yes, it could boast the year's most impressive cast. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt star as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, an actor and his stuntman attempting to make it big in the movie scene of 1969 Los Angeles. Here's the trailer:

DiCaprio and Pitt are two of the biggest names in Hollywood and we can't wait to witness their central performances when the film arrives on July 26. Although, with Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street), Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), Al Pacino (Heat) and others also set to star, there's plenty more to look forward to than its central stars. Fortunately for audiences at the Cannes Film Festival - taking place between 14 - 25 May - Tarantino's latest will premiere very soon. 

The director's many fans still associate the festival with Tarantino's 1994 triumph, Pulp Fiction. In competition, the nineties masterwork secured him the prestigious Palme d'Or award, the highest prize the event has to offer. It was a huge win for American independent cinema at the time, launching the filmmaker further up the ladder of cinephile stardom. Since then, he's maintained his title as one of modern cinema's most exciting talents, and history could very well repeat itself on the twenty-fifth anniversary of his Cannes glory. 


Variety predicts that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is likely to premiere at the festival twenty-five years to the day that Pulp Fiction was unveiled. It was a film which stole mass attention, and this appears to be along for the same fate. Perhaps the Palme d'Or is a longshot, but it's likely that Tarantino is eyeing Oscars this time around, more than ever. 

After Pulp Fiction's Cannes success, it was nominated for seven Academy Awards. However, many are predicting that his latest opus will finally bag him the award for Best Picture. It's perhaps a little too premature to weigh in, but if any film will do it for him, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood oozes the most promise. Stay tuned for the Cannes verdict. 

In other news, let's discuss M. Night Shyamalan's new sci-fi project.

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