25 years after winning the Palme D’Or for Pulp Fiction, Quentin Tarantino is returning to the Cannes Film Festival with Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. The film, a tragicomic panorama of Los Angeles in 1969, was deemed not ready for screening when Cannes announced its initial lineup last month, but, per Cannes executive Thierry Frémaux, Tarantino has “not left the editing room in four months.”
“We were afraid the film would not be ready, as it wouldn’t be released until late July, but Quentin Tarantino, who has not left the editing room in four months, is a real, loyal and punctual child of Cannes,” Frémaux said in a statement. “Like for Inglourious Basterds, he’ll definitely be there—25 years after the Palme d’Or for Pulp Fiction—with a finished film screened in 35mm and his cast in tow.”
That cast includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie, who plays doomed actress Sharon Tate, a victim of the Manson family. “His film is a love letter to the Hollywood of his childhood, a rock music tour of 1969, and an ode to cinema as a whole,” Frémaux said of the film. which will be in competition at the festival.
“I can’t wait for the world to see Brad’s performance in this,” Tarantino producer Shannon McIntosh told Entertainment Weekly. “He’s so wonderful and charismatic and I think he is the Brad that people fell in love with years ago. Especially when he’s going toe-to-toe with Leo, his performance is amazing, he looks great and I think people will be reminded why he is the movie star that we know he is.”
Other new additions include Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo, the latest film from Blue Is The Warmest Color’s Abdellatif Kechiche, as well as non-competition offerings like Lux Æterna, a 50-minute essay film by Climax’s Gaspar Noé, and Gael García Bernal’s Chicuarote, a “deep dive into Mexican society” through the eyes of teenagers.
Cannes begins on May 14, and Hollywood hits theaters officially on July 26.