Cannes Film Festival celebrated fiftieth anniversary of the invention of Italian western with the screening of Per Un Pugno di Dollari by Sergio Leone at the prize giving ceremony on Saturday, May 24.
In tribute to Italian Western, Quentin Tarantino restored a certain nobility to a genre that, at the time, did not find favour with the Croisette. The winner of the 1994 Palme d’Or with Pulp Fiction presented for the Cannes Film Festival “A Fistfull of Dollars”, directed by Sergio Leone in 1964 with Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte, after the awards and the Palme d’Or were presented. On Enio Morricone’s music, its lines have become unforgettable and the film gave birth to a new genre, the Western-Spaghetti, which was a great popular success.
Tarantino implicitly paid a tribute to Clint Eastwood who was President of the Jury – with Catherine Deneuve – and presented him with the Palme d’Or. Quentin Tarantino, a big fan of Sergio Leone, has always said his films owed much to the influence of the great Italian masters of the western.
The film was screened in the exceptional conditions thanks to the new copy restored by the Cinematheque of Bologna. The restore of A Fistfull of Dollars was made by the Cineteca di Bologna and Unidis Jolly Film (which produced and distributed the film at the time) with the participation of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation.
67th Cannes Film festival Award list
Palme d’Or : Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey)
Grand Prize : Le Meraviglie by Alice Rohrwacher (Italy)
Female Actor Prize : Julianne Moore for her role in Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg (Canada)
Male Actor Prize : Timothy Spall for his role in Mr Turner by Mike Leigh (UK)
Best Direction Prize : Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher (USA)
Screenplay Prize : Andreï Zviaguintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan (Russia)
Jury Prize ex-aequo : Mommy by Xavier Dolan (Canada) and Adieu Au Langage by Jean-Luc Godard (France/Switzerland)
Caméra d’or: Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis (France)
Short Film Palme d’Or : Leidi by Simon Mesa Soto (Columbia)
The Red Carpet
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