Quentin Tarantino to visit Israel for premiere of Holocaust film
'Inglourious Basterds' tells the unlikely tale of a group of Nazi-scalping Jewish-American soldiers.
Director Quentin Tarantino plans to visit Israel for the local premiere of his Holocaust-era film "Inglourious Basterds," set for September 17.
This will be the first visit to Israel for the American filmmaker. Some of the movie's actors may also join him.
Tarantino, who made such ground breaking films as "Reservoir Dogs," "Pulp Fiction" and "Kill Bill," is considered one of the most fascinating but controversial directors today.
"Pulp Fiction" won the Palme d'Or award at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, the event's highest prize. That film also earned Tarantino an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director.
The Oscar winning director's most recent outing, "Inglourious Basterds" tells the fictional and outrageous tale of a group of WWII-era Jewish-American soldiers who avenge their European brethren by scalping Nazi soldiers.
The narrative opens in the first year of the German occupation of France, where character Shoshanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hands of SS Colonel Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz.
Elsewhere in Europe, Aldo Raine, played by Hollywood megastar Brad Pitt, forms a group of soldiers charged with scalping their Nazi victims.
Diane Kruger plays a German actress who is also an undercover agent on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.
The film was accepted into the main selection at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, and won the Best Actor award for Christoph Waltz's performance.
The film cost $70 million to make and was shot in a number of locations, including Germany. The film has so far drawn mixed reviews. It will open in the United States on August 21.