Greta Gerwig brought Quentin Tarantino to tears with an emotional tribute speech at the Palm Springs Film Festival.
Gerwig, who is destined to compete against Tarantino for all major awards this year after the pair both released critically acclaimed films, was presenting the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood filmmaker with the ‘Director of the Year; award at the 31st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival.
“Quentin Tarantino makes movies as if movies could save the world,” Gerwig said while introducing Tarantino. “Movies can kill Hitler, free slaves, and give Sharon Tate one more summer… he makes movies like movies themselves matter, like they are both high art — which they are — and that they are populist art — which they are.
“They’re speaking the most profound truths to the biggest crowds with the bravado that comes with the confidence that collectively everybody will be changed for the better by the experience.”
Taking to the stage, Tarantino, who was visibly emotional by the kind words offered to him by Gerwig, said: “She literally said about me how I can only imagine somebody could ever talk about me in my wildest self-possessed dreams.”
He added: “Thank you. I mean my god, thank you so much. I joke that when people are going to talk about me, I say, ‘Speak about me as if I were dead.’ And they never do. And you did!”
See some of the clips, below.