May 20, 2004 18:13
Director Quentin Tarantino, who is also head judge for this year’s Cannes film festival, paid special compliments to Director Park Chan-wook’s “Old Boy.”
Tarantino, during a interview with the movie magazine “Variety," in recent days said that it’s about time that Park was at the Cannes festival. He said Park would be one of the most exciting action cinema directors in Cannes. Tarantino said that he has heard from nine different people who have seen the movie “Old Boy” and heard it's more of a gritty film than a commercial film.
Last year, “Old Boy” was selected as one of the top ten films of the year by a famous U.S. Internet website called “Ain’t It Cool” (www.aintitcool.com). Sources said Tarantino has special affection for “Old Boy.”
The movie was also released in France prior to the festival, which seldom happens with movies that compete in the festival. In the beginning, “Old Boy” was invited to show under the “non-competing” category; instead it was invited to Cannes under the competing category.
Tarantino said that he would not say a word about the movie selections and only said that the head judge dictates somewhat the aesthetic used by the panel. In his case, Tarantino said that his aesthetic would be “cinema first” aesthetics.
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