Cannes, May 24 UNI | 2 months ago

The 1964 Sergio Leone film 'A Fistful of Dollars' will close the 67th Cannes Film Festival this evening with a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the spaghetti western to be hosted by American director Quentin Tarantino.

Tarantino, a huge admirer of Leone, will host the celebrations at the closing ceremony, which will also see the presentation of the prestigious Palme d'Or award, the top prize of the Cannes festival.

''The genre of spaghetti western was born the day 'A Fistful of Dollars was made,'' said Tarantino, an American of Italian origin, who has been influenced by Leone's films. A new copy of 'A Fistful of Dollars', specially restored for the Cannes celebration in Bologna, Italy, will be screened on the occasion.

The restoration had been undertaken by the Bologna film laboratory along with the film's original producer and distributor, Unidis Jolly Film.

Cannes competition jury president and New Zealand-born director Jane Campion will announce the winner of the Palme d'Or along with winners of the other awards during the closing ceremony.

The jury this year includes American actor Willem Dafoe, American director Sofia Coppola and Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke.

Among the favourites to win the Palme d'Or are Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Winter Sleep' and Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev's 'Leviathan'.

Also among the contenders are Japanese director Naomi Kawase for 'Still the Water' and Mauritania filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako's 'Timbuktu'.

If she wins, Kawase will become only the second woman director ever to win the Palme d'Or. Campion had won the prize for 'The Piano' in 1993.

Also in contention are English filmmakers Mike Leigh and Ken Loach. Leigh's biopic on 18th century British painter J M W Turner, 'Mr Turner' and Loach's early 20th century Irish drama 'Jimmy's Hall' are part of the competition section that has 18 films this year.

The closing ceremony this year was advanced by a day because of the elections to the European Parliament. The festival comes to a close tomorrow.

(Posted on 24-05-2014)