In 1994, Quentin Tarantino won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. It was one of the most talked about films at the festival and according to an article in the LA Times, [Pulp winning] “surprised many in the Palais du Festival audience, including one woman who was so upset she began screaming at the writer-director as he tried to begin his speech.” Tarantino continued his speech after the interruption. Watch the drama here.
I never expect to win anything when a jury has to decide because I don’t make the kinds of movies that bring people together. I make the kinds of movies that split people apart.
Clint Eastwood was on the Cannes jury that year and talked about deciding which film would take home the top prize, calling Pulp “refreshing.”
New York Times critic Janet Maslin wrote about the phenomenon of Pulp at Cannes before it later opened the New York Film Festival.
Ever since Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction created a sensation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won top honors, it has been swathed in the wildest hyperbole. In fact, it has sparked an excitement bound to look suspect from afar. It must be hard to believe that Mr. Tarantino, a mostly self-taught, mostly untested talent who spent his formative creative years working in a video store, has come up with a work of such depth, wit and blazing originality that it places him in the front ranks of American film makers.
19 years later, Tarantino continues to make hit after hit and is considered one of the best filmmakers in the world. He returned to Cannes in 2007 with Death Proof and in 2009 with Inglourious Basterds and in 2004 he was the President of the Cannes jury.
For a filmmaker and film lover there’s no greater honor than to be on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. To be President is both a magnificent honor and a magnificent responsibility. And also the crowning achievement of a lifetime spent in cinematic obsession: a Magnificent Obsession.
The 66th Cannes International Film Festival opens today and Nicole Kidman, Christoph Waltz and Steven Spielberg are a few of the jurors who will be deciding this year’s Palme d’Or. Keep checking back for more news on the Cannes fest, old and new and follow the films In Competition this year.
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA directed by Steven Soderberg
BORGMAN directed by Alex Van Warmerdam
GRIGRIS directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
HELI directed by Amat Escalante
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS directed by Ethan & Joel Coen
JEUNE & JOLIE (YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL) directed by François Ozon
JIMMY P. (PSYCHOTHERAPY OF A PLAINS INDIAN) directed by Arnaud Desplechin
LA GRANDE BELLEZZA (THE GREAT BEAUTY) directed by Paolo Sorrentino
LA VÉNUS À LA FOURRURE (VENUS IN FUR) directed by Roman Polanski
LA VIE D’ADÈLE – CHAPITRE 1 & 2 (BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR) directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
LE PASSÉ (THE PAST) directed by Asghar FARHADI
MICHAEL KOHLHAAS directed by Arnaud Des Pallieres
NEBRASKA directed by Alexander Payne
ONLY GOD FORGIVES directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE directed by Jim Jarmusch
SOSHITE CHICHI NI NARU (Like Father, Like Son) directed by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
THE IMMIGRANT directed by James Gray
TIAN ZHU DING (A TOUCH OF SIN) directed by Jia Zhangke
UN CHÂTEAU EN ITALIE (A CASTLE IN ITALY) directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
WARA NO TATE (Shield of Straw) directed by Takashi Miike