Quentin Tarantino’s Debuts “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” at Cannes

Acclaimed Director Quentin Tarantino screened his much-anticipated film “Once  Upon A Time In Hollywood” at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival.

The film was one of the highlights at the festival this week as Tarantino has premiered many of his films at Cannes. These include “Inglorious Bastards” in 2009 and “Pulp Fiction” in 1994 which won the Palme d’Or.

Tarantino’s latest offering follows washed-up television actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his enduring stunt double (Brad Pitt) as they attempt to achieve fame in Hollywood during the final years of cinema’s Golden Age. The film features a star-studded cast with characters being portrayed by Margot Robbie who plays actress Sharon Tate, Al Pacino, Kurt Russel, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Luke Perry and Margaret Qualley.

The film’s premiere also caused a stir as Tarantino faced criticism over his depiction of female characters and specifically his decision to limit Margot Robbie’s lines and screen time. Tarantino’s rebuttal explains that “it’s not her story, it’s Rick’s story. It’s not even Cliff’s. And [Tate] is an angelic presence throughout the movie, she’s an angelic ghost on earth, to some degree, she’s not in the movie, she’s in our hearts”.

Robbie intervened saying that “I think the moments that I got on-screen gave an opportunity to honour Sharon. I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character even without dialogue”.

Reporters asked many hard-hitting questions surrounding topics such as Uma Thurman’s stunt injury from “Kill Bill”, his choice to cast Emile Hirsch despite his assault allegations and Rose McGowan’s claims that Tarantino made lude sexual remarks publically about her feet.

Despite the controversy, the film was met with a seven-minute standing ovation from Cannes audiences, scored 94% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been described as “shocking, gripping and dazzlingly shot” by the Guardian.

“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” is set to release 15 August 2019.