The film world’s big beasts, including Terrence Malick, Ken Loach and Werner Herzog, have films premiering in May at the Cannes film festival – but Quentin Tarantino’s will be conspicuous by its absence after it was declared “not ready”.
A Hidden Life, Malick’s study of Austrian second world war conscientious objector Franz Jägerstätter, will be the first time the elusive auteur will have his work at Cannes since he won the Palme d’Or for The Tree of Life in 2011. Loach’s Sorry We Missed You is the story of a delivery driver’s struggle to provide for his family, and takes aim at the gig economy. Herzog will bring his new documentary Family Romance LLC.
However, Tarantino’s much anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and is set in 1969 against the backdrop of the Manson murders, will not be showing at the festival, after Cannes’ general delegate Thierry Frémaux said at a press conference in Paris that Tarantino was still editing the film. Frémaux said that Tarantino’s decision to shoot and cut the film on 35mm meant that the postproduction process could not meet the festival’s deadline, and it was likely to premiere in July.