A big shootout for the fi­nal day

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS -

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.

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