Quentin Tarantino to be feted by Rome fest

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“Django Unchained” will have its European preem in Rome on Friday at a glitzy gala where Quentin Tarantino will be feted by the Rome Film Festival with a lifetime achievement nod handed to the helmer by composer Ennio Morricone.

Pic kicks off its overseas campaign in the Eternal City, which spawned Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Spaghetti Western “Django,” Tarantino’s inspiration for “Unchained.”

Morricone, who wrote scores for many Italo oaters though not for “Django,” composed one of the “Django Unchained” tracks.

The Rome gala screening with Tarantino, stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington in tow, will be followed by a party attended, among others, by Franco Nero, star of the original “Django,” which lifted the thesp to international stardom.

“Django Unchained” will be released on Jan. 17 in Italy by Warner Bros., which handles Sony product in Italy. It will bow Jan. 16 in France, Jan. 17 in Germany and Jan. 18 in the U.K.

The Rome fest’s Tarantino tribute comes after speculation in past months that “Django Unchained” would world preem during the fest, which ran Nov. 9-17.

Rome fest artistic topper Marco Mueller praised Tarantino for being a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker due to his “experimentation with language, and also his constant cinematic cross-references. His films are both alive and vivacious to the extreme,” Mueller enthused.

“They blast away the codes and conventions of film genres but each one expresses the spirit of his time.”

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