A big shootout for the final day
One thing that has been barely mentioned at Cannes is that the official competition – the core of the event – is actually a day shorter this year. This helps explain why there are fewer films, just 18, in the race for the Palme d’Or than at any of the last five events.
Apparently there are some sort of elections taking place across Europe and the organisers don’t want mere politics stealing column inches from their closing ceremony. So, the gongs will be given out on Saturday rather than, as is usually the case, on the closing Sunday.
With this in mind, they have tried to juice up the weekend by inviting Quentin Tarantino to host a screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars after the Palme d’Or ceremony. Film archivists Cineteca di Bologna and the movie’s original producer and distributor, Unidis Jolly Film, have undertaken an extensive restoration of the esteemed western. It all sounds very jolly.