Two celebrated auteurs – Quentin Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho – both premiered new films at the Cannes Film Festival this week. Before they screened, both directors asked for those in attendance not to spoil the mysteries of the film for a major audience.
Both “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “Parasite” then screened to 5-7 minute standing ovations from the audience with reviews and reactions dubbing them both their respective auteur’s best work in years. Following on from that, the ‘Hollywood’ cast and crew held a press conference on Wednesday morning with Tarantino and stars Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie all fielding questions.
A female journalist mentioned that Robbie doesn’t get many lines as Sharon Tate in the film and seemed underused, asking why that was? Tarantino responded with a surprisingly curt and snippy “Well, I just reject your hypothesis” which immediately set an air of tension in the room.
Robbie offered her response after which helped: “I think the moments I was on screen gave a moment to honor Sharon… I think the tragedy was the loss of innocence. To show the wonderful sides of her could be done without speaking. I did feel like I got a lot of time to explore the character without dialogue, which is an interesting thing. Rarely do I get an opportunity to spend so much time on my own as a character.”
While the reviews have been very strong, the film has been under fire for scenes which featured ‘rage against women’ with Tarantino inciting his ‘don’t spoil’ comment to get around answering the question. Pitt, who reportedly appears in the film’s most graphic scene that depicts violence against women, says: “I didn’t see it as a rage against individuals, but a rage against a loss of innocence.”
Separately Tarantino has also spoken with Esquire where he dubbed the film his “Roma” essentially, his most personal to date: “I think of it like my memory piece. Alfonso [Cuaron] had Roma and Mexico City, 1970. I had L. A. and 1969. This is me. This is the year that formed me. I was six years old then. This is my world. And this is my love letter to L. A.”