Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman are confirmed to attend a special celebration of Pulp Fiction here in Cannes tomorrow night. Now I’m hearing word that Vincent Vega himself will join his director and co-star in the festivities.
John Travolta is not yet set in stone, but he’s been in town this week and I’m told the festival is hoping to confirm his attendance tonight with the actor keen to take part. The plan as it stands thus far is for the Pulp Fiction posse to walk the red carpet at the Palais at 6:30 PM on Friday night, then head off to a cocktail ahead of the film’s special beach screening which the director will introduce.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Pulp Fiction won the Palme d’Or. But that was not the first film Tarantino ever had in Cannes, two years earlier in 1992 his Reservoir Dogs was an Official Selection title that ran out of competition. Since then, movies he’s directed that have appeared at the Palais include Kill Bill Vol 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds.
Tarantino is already in Cannes this week and will host the Closing Night screening of Sergio Leone’s 1964 Spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars after Saturday’s main prize ceremony. He is a favored son in Cannes where he’s close with fest director Thierry Frémaux.
Last October, Frémaux hosted a tribute to the filmmaker at the Lumière Festival in Lyon which he also oversees, with Bertrand Tavernier.