Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Joins Cannes Competition

Finally, Quentin Tarantino’s star-studded vehicle goes to Promenade de la Croisette. Tarantino’s long-gestating ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood‘ will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, reports Deadline. The Festival confirmed the premiere of the movie in the competition section on Thursday. The late addition of the movie also means that Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie will grace the red carpet this year. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ wasn’t in the original lineup unveiled on April 18, which raised some eyebrows. But artistic director Thierry Fremaux explained that the movie wasn’t ready. ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is expected to premiere on May 21 to mark the 25th anniversary of the world premiere of Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction.’

“We were afraid the film would not be ready, as it wouldn’t be released until late July, but Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes. Like for Inglourious Basterds, he’ll definitely be there – 25 years after the Palme d’or for Pulp Fiction – with a finished film screened in 35mm and his cast in tow (Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Brad Pitt),” Thierry Frémaux told reporters. “His film is a love letter to the Hollywood of his childhood, a rock music tour of 1969, and an ode to cinema as a whole. In addition to thanking Quentin and his crew for spending days and nights in the editing room, the Festival wants to give special thanks to the teams at Sony Pictures, who made all of this possible,” he added.

Apart from Tarantino, Palme d’Or winner Abdellatif Kechiche also gets into the competition with ‘Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due.’ The movie is a follow-up to his 2017 flick ‘Mektoub, Canto Uno,’ which garnered mixed responses at Venice Film Festival. Kechiche won the coveted Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for his ‘Blue is the Warmest Color.’

Gaspar Noe’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ starring Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beatrice Dalle will have a midnight screening this year. Other titles added on Thursday include ‘La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia’ by Lorenzo Mattotti, ‘Odnazhdy v Trubchevske’ by Larissa Sadilova, ‘Chicuarotes’ by Gael García Bernal, ‘La Cordillera de los sueños’ by Patricio Guzmán, ‘Ice on Fire’ by Leila Conners, and ‘5B’ by Dan Krauss.

The Festival will start rolling from May 14 with Jim Jarmusch’s zombie flick ‘The Dead Don’t Die‘ as the inaugural film. The movie features Bill Murray, Chloe Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, and Adam Driver in the lead. Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu leads the main competition jury while Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki chairing the Un Certain Regard jury.

Check out the latest lineup of Cannes below.


Pain and Glory, Pedro Almodovar
The Traitor, Marco Bellocchio
Wild Goose Lake, Yinan Diao
Parasite, Bong Joon-ho
Young Ahmed, The Dardenne Brothers
Oh Mercy!, Arnaud Desplechin
Atlantique, Mati Diop
Matthias and Maxime, Xavier Dolan
Little Joe, Jessica Hausner
Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach
Les Miserables, Ladj Ly
A Hidden Life, Terrence Malik
Nighthawk, Kleber Mendonca Filho, Juliano Dornelles
The Whistlers, Corneliu Porumboiu
Frankie, Ira Sachs
The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch
Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Celine Sciamma
It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman
Sybil, Justine Triet
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due, Abdellatif Kechiche

Out of Competition

Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher
The Best Years of Life, Claude Lelouch
Diego Maradona, Asif Kapadia
La Belle Epoque, Nicolas Bedos
Too Old to Die Young, Nicolas Winding Refn (TV series screening two episodes)

Special Screenings

Share, Pippa Bianco
Family Romance LLC, Werner Herzog
Tommaso, Abel Ferrara
To Be Alive and Know It, Alain Cavalier
For Sama, Waad Al Kateab and Edward Watts

Midnight Screenings

The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Lee Won-Tae

Un Certain Regard

Invisible Life, Karim Aïnouz
Beanpole, Kantemir Balagov
The Swallows of Kabul, Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
A Brother’s Love, Monia Chokri
The Climb, Michael Covino
Joan of Arc, Bruno Dumont
A Sun That Never Sets, Olivier Laxe
Chambre 212, Christophe Honoré
Port Authority, Danielle Lessovitz
Papicha, Mounia Meddour
Adam, Maryam Touzani
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi, Midi Z
Liberte, Albert Serra
Bull, Annie Silverstein
Summer of Changsha, Zu Feng
EVGE, Nariman Aliev