Quentin Tarantino to Be Guest of Jerusalem Film Festival Next Week

Oscar-winning director will take part in the opening ceremony and receive a special award for his cinematic achievements.

Nirit Anderman
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Oscar winner and Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino greets fans during the open talk event at the 18th Busan International Film Festival, South Korea, Oct. 11, 2013.Credit: AFP
Nirit Anderman
Nirit Anderman

Academy Award-winning director Quentin Tarantino will be a guest of the Jerusalem Film Festival next week, said the festival’s management. The 33rd edition of the annual film festival will begin on July 7 and close on July 17 in the capital.

Tarantino will participate in the opening event at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, where he will receive a special award for his contribution to cinematic art and will speak with the audience, after which a restored 35-millimeter copy of Tarantino’s Oscar-winning film Pulp Fiction from his own archive will be screened.

Other guests of the festival include avant-garde musician and filmmaker Laurie Anderson, and writer-director Whit Stillman, both of whom will present their latest films at the festival and discuss their films with the audiences at the screenings. Actor Nicolas Cage was scheduled to attend, but announced on Monday that he was forced to cancel his trip.

Tarantino, 53, has won two Oscars over the years, both for screenplays he wrote for his own movies: Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. He has won both critical acclaim and box office success for his work, including such well-known films as Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill (volumes 1 and 2), Inglourious Basterds and his latest from last year, The Hateful Eight.

“His post-modernist films are known for their exciting visual language, extreme violence, eclectic soundtrack, witty dialogues and infinite tributes to forgotten cinematic works,” wrote the festival organizers.

The opening film for the festival is Julieta, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, which will be screened in the Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem, with one of the film’s lead actresses, Emma Suárez, in attendance.