Actor B.J. Novak said that Quentin Tarrantino's "Inglourious Basterds" is the "the coolest movie [he's] ever seen." Now, it appears the Cannes Film Festival will get an early shot at evaluating that praise when the film premieres there in May.
The movie, which stars Brad Pitt and is set in Nazi-occupied France during WWII, received a formal invitation from Cannes to appear. Tarantino in turn accepted, according to Variety.
Tarantino has a longstanding rapport with Cannes, having presiding over jury members there and received top Palme d'Or honors in 1994 for "Pulp Fiction." His films "Reservoir Dogs" and "Death Proof" also received screenings in 1992 and 2007, respectively.
"Inglourious Basterds" matches the infamously gratuitous director's flair for blood and sharp-tongued dialog with a squadron of Jewish-American soldiers sent behind enemy lines to kill Nazis and inspire fear in the most heinous ways possible. Samuel L. Jackson, Mike Myers, and Eli Roth co-star alongside Pitt, who plays the squadron's leader.
Cannes, which runs May 13-24, is slated to announce its full lineup on April 23. "Basterds" is tagged for an August 21 release in the U.S.
How well the film plays to European audience members and press should be interesting to follow, considering Tarantino's past releases have been set on other continents. With lines like "Each and every man under my command owes me 100 Nazi scalps, and I want my scalps," it's already got a sky-high body count to live up to.
What are your impressions so far of "Inglourious Basterds"? How do you think Cannes will receive Tarantino's newest release? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!