Rome Film Festival chief hints at Tarantino "surprise"

Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:35pm EDT
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By Hanna Rantala

ROME (Reuters) - Quentin Tarantino may present his new western "Django Unchained" at the Rome Film Festival in November, the event's artistic director hinted on Wednesday.

The film has not been listed in the official programme but Marco Mueller, who previously headed the Venice Film Festival, said "two surprise films" would be shown at the event. He dropped a heavy suggestion that Django, starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo Di Caprio, would be among them.

"You will see Tarantino soon, here. You will see him here soon for a big surprise," Mueller said.

"This is something we will announce in detail in a few days' time, and you will see that Django will be stepping on the stage of the Auditorium."

The film is the latest work from the Pulp Fiction director since he released "Inglourious Basterds" in 2009, a historical fantasy about a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers who assassinate Nazi leaders in occupied France in World War Two.

Django Unchained continues the theme of vengeance wreaked against historical villains, telling the story of a former slave in America's Deep South who attempts to free his wife from a ruthless plantation owner.

Film buff Tarantino's latest work is something of an homage to the Italian "spaghetti western" cinema of the 1960s and 70s: Italian-language Wild West movies filmed in Europe such as Sergio Leone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly".

Its name refers to Django, a 1966 spaghetti western starring Franco Nero, who will appear in a cameo role in the Tarantino film.   Continued...