Monday, May 24, 2004

Tarantino defends jury's choices

Still sifting through the press coverage on Cannes. In a Reuters story, in which jury president Quentin Tarantino defended the choice of Michael Moore's political hot potato Fahrenheit 9/11, he also had some nice things to say about Asian film.

He said that Korean entry Old Boy, directed by Park Chan-Wook, had been a "strong contender" for the main prize.

Meanwhile, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Tropical Malady, the first Thai film selected for the competition, which drew a highly polarized response, affected some jury members "profoundly, to a staggering degree", Tarantino told Reuters.

Asked if the strong showing of Asian films at the festival reflected a "flavor of the month" trend, Tarantino said: "You're belittling a very substantial movement [that is creating] some of the most interesting films in the world."

In response to the jury's decision to give the award for best actress to Maggie Cheung (for Clean), Tarantino said: "She is one of the best actresses in the world. In fact that was one of our easier decisions."

The jury also defended its choice of best actor to 14-year-old Yuuya Yagira (Nobody Knows), saying that age shouldn't be a factor in determining the quality of acting.

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