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Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon A Time In Hollywood' added to Cannes 2019


The 2019 Cannes Film Festival has added Quentin Tarantino’s eagerly anticipated new film Once Upon A Time In Hollywood to it’s line-up.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the tale of TV actor Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth who embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 Los Angeles.

The film synopsis reads: “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”

Leonardo DiCaprio plays the role of Dalton and Brad Pitt takes on Cliff Booth. Margot Robbie will be playing the role of Sharon Tate, the model and film star wife of Roman Polanski who was murdered in her home by the Manson family on 8 August 1969. Other high-profile names like, Dakota Fanning will be Squeaky Fromme, Al Pacino as Marvin Shwarz.

On top of that, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Julia Butters, Damian Lewis, Keith Jefferson, Clifton Collins Jr. and Nicholas Hammond will also be included.

Now, the film has been confirmed to play in Competition, the festival has revealed. “We were afraid the film would not be ready, as it wouldn’t be ready 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,” the festival said in a statement. “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). 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.”

The news comes as Cannes festival delegate general, Thierry Frémaux, told a line-up conference in Paris last month that Tarantino was working overtime to get the film completed in time. 

“It’s among the films we’re waiting to see whether they’ll make it,” he previously said. “I’ve seen a large part of the film. It would be a real achievement if he finishes it in time for May. He also wants to present it in 35mm which is making the post-production even more complicated,” he said at the conference. 

With the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach and more also included in the event, Cannes 2019 has already unveiled films included in the categories of Competition, Un Certain Regard, Out of Competition, Special Screenings, and Midnight Screenings. 

Announcing the lineup as part of a press conference, Cannes has named Jamusch’s upcoming zombie film ‘The Dead Don’t Die‘ as the festival’s opening night film as well as confirming its competition status. 

The film, starring Adam Driver, Bill Murray, and more, will receive a wide release on June 14th in what is Jarmusch’s first full length feature film since 2016’s Paterson.

The lead in that role, Adam Driver, has already been confirmed as a member of The Dead Don’t Die.Alongside Driver, expect to see the likes of Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Bill Murray Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, and Steve Buscemi in what is an all-star cast.

Elsewhere, Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You has been included as has work from the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Mati Diop, Xavier Dolan and more. 

See the full lineup, below: 

Opening Night Film
“The Dead Don’t Die,” Jim Jarmusch (also in Competition)

“Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar
“The Traitor,” Marco Bellocchio
“The Wild Goose Lake,” Diao Yinan
“Parasite,” Bong Joon-ho
“Young Ahmed,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne
“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 Malick
“Bacurau,” Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles
“The Whistlers,” Corneliu Porumboiu
“Frankie,” Ira Sachs
“Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Céline Sciamma
“It Must Be Heaven,” Elia Suleiman
“Sibyl,” Justine Triet

Un Certain Regard
“Invisible Life,” Karim Aïnouz
“Beanpole,” Kantemir Balagov
“The Swallows of Kabul,” Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec
“A Brother’s Life,” Monia Chokri
“The Climb,” Michael Covino
“Joan of Arc,” Bruno Dumont
“A Sun That Never Sets,” Olivier Laxe
“Room 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

Out of Competition
“The Best Years of Life,” Claude Lelouch
“Rocketman,” Dexter Fletcher
“Too Old to Die Young” (2 Episodes), Nicolas Winding Refn
“Diego Maradona,” Asif Kapadia
“Belle Epoque,” Nicolas Bedos

Special Screenings
“Share,” Pippa Bianco
“For Sama,” Waad Al Kateab & Edward Watts
“Family Romance, LLC,” Werner Herzog
“Tommaso,” Abel Ferrara
“To Be Alive and Know It,” Alain Cavalier
“Que Sea Ley,” Juan Solanas

Midnight Screenings
“The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil,” Lee Won-Tae