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Tarantino, Turner, other jurors find inspiration at Cannes

The Cannes jury met the press Wednesday with president Quentin Tarantino musing on what makes a winning film at the fest.

“There’s no set answer,” said the helmer. “Especially with 18, 19 films of different styles and genres. We’ll know it when we see it.”

With no one arguing, other members weighed in on what Cannes means to them; not surprisingly all the jurors were upbeat, some taking that upbeat attitude to the point of comedy.

Kathleen Turner thought it “a wonderful challenge to step outside the usual role, applying my experience to someone else’s.”

Tarantino reached for higher inspiration, calling Cannes, “Heaven! Just heaven! If you love cinema it’s heaven! We’ve all dreamed of going to heaven! I got to Cannes! Then I won the Palme d’Or! Now I’m president of the jury! If there’s another level above heaven, that’s where I’m at!”

Actress Tilda Swinton went one higher.

“Cannes is better than heaven! It’s the world! All filmmakers want their films to be seen in Cannes. It’s a marketplace and you need everybody. I’m very happy.”

Down on planet Earth, Belgian thesp and writer Benoit Poelvoorde, opined that “(I was) very disappointed and very bitter at not taking the presidency, never being officially selected or awarded and not understanding why,” and is out for “revenge! I’m going to ensure no film wins!”

All said with a wicked glint in his eye and a big smile.

Helmer Jerry Schatzberg said he was here for the “food, drink, women!” but will probably be distracted by “the fantastic interchange between people.”

Questioners then got down to business, with jury members — mostly Tarantino — commenting on many aspects of the film biz. The “Kill Bill” helmer wrapped up the confab with his view on the demise of local film industries, ostensibly at Hollywood’s hands: “They can’t exist on just one type of film. You need every type of film. Everything else is not an industry but a boutique. You need a star system. Without one you cease to have an effective film system.”

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