Quentin Tarantino to close the Festival de Cannes with a celebration of the life and work of Sergio Leone. A Fistful of Dollars by Sergio Leone will be screened at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday 24th May.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of the Spaghetti Western in 1964, the Festival de Cannes will be showing A Fistful of Dollars directed by Sergio Leone that same year and starring Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volontè. The film will be screened on Saturday 24th May, after the prizes have been awarded, using the exceptional new copy restored by the Cineteca di Bologna.
The event will be hosted by Quentin Tarantino, a great admirer of Sergio Leone, who has always been open about how much his own film making owes to the influence of the Western’s great Italian masters.
The restoration of A Fistful of Dollars was undertaken by the Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (the film’s original producer and distributor) with the involvement of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation. The work was carried out by the Immagine Ritrovata film restoration laboratory. The original Techniscope camera negative was digitised by immersion and restored to 4K resolution. Cinematographer Ennio Guarneri oversaw the digital calibration and a period copy printed in Technicolor was used as a visual reference. The digital restoration of the sound was achieved with two optical negatives of the English version owned by Unidis Jolly Film and MGM, remixed with two separate magnetic sets that contained the original pre-mixes of the music and the effects.
The screening is made possible thanks to the right holders: the Paladino family and Unidis Jolly Film. Special thanks go to the Leone family.
Special Screening: a tribute to animated films
This special screening pays homage to animated films with Roger Allers, Gaëtan and Paul Brizzi, Joan C. Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar and Michal Socha who were involved in Kahlil Ghibran’s The Prophet (provisional title). Lots of extracts of the film will be screened and presented by Salma Hayek, its producer (whose voice also features in the film).
The evening event will take place on Saturday 17th May at 7.00 p.m.
The Cinéma de la Plage: Football and Film
The Cinéma de la Plage screenings (on Macé Beach everyday at 9.30 p.m.) will include the premiere of United Passion (France, 2014, 1 hour 50 mins) by Frédéric Auburtin, with Gérard Depardieu, Tim Roth and Sam Neil.
The screening will take place on Sunday 18th May at 9.30 p.m. The director, Gérard Depardieu and Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, will be present.