Quentin Tarantino and star Margot Robbie Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
If standing ovations are any yardstick, then the red carpet screening of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, unquestionably this year’s hottest ticket at the Cannes Film Festival, has been a rip-roaring success. Director Quentin Tarantino, and his cast of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie received a six-minute standing ovation tonight.
The critical reaction may be more mixed and muted for Quentin Tarantino’s return to the Croisette, where 25 years ago his Pulp Fiction was shown and won the Palme d’Or.
The queues for the simultaneous media screening snaked down from the Palais des Festivals practically to the Old Port as journalists jostled early for prime position.
After the screening, Tarantino told the audience: "To my wonderful actors, producers and the studio that helped me make this movie. Thank you for being such a fantastic audience, for the first time we ever showed it to an audience." Earlier he had warned that spectators should careful of spoilers so the audiences can see it in a “virgin” state.
Among the crowd were Brit Tilda Swinton, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi,actors Mexican actors Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and French stars Guillaume Canet, Lea Seydoux and Gilles Lellouche.
The screening came after Tarantino yesterday asked audiences not to 'spoil' the film, more on that, plus 'in world' posters from the film here.
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio greet the crowds for the first screening of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival