ROME – Italy’s Cinecittà Studios are set to welcome Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” with a unique launch from its legendary Studio 5 soundstage, once Federico Fellini’s second home, now being turned into a special screening venue equipped for 70mm projection and 888 seats.
Tarantino specifically asked Cinecittà to send out exactly 888 invites for the January 28 Italo preem of his Western, which has eight characters and is his eighth pic. The number 8 will be the evening’s theme. Fellini famously shot “8 1/2” at Cinecittà.
One side of Studio 5 is being equipped with a giant 21×8 meter (68×26 feet) screen, black carpeting, and 888 classic cinema seats. Another section will feature a faux snow-covered set piece at the centre of which will be the pic’s remote tavern.
Besides the director, producer Harvey Weinstein, stars Kurt Russel and Michael Madsen, and composer Ennio Morricone are expected to be on hand for the “Hateful Eight” gala. Morricone has already won a Golden Globe and a Critics’ Choice Award for the pic’s original score and is nominated for an Oscar. Other guests will include Raffaella and Andrea Leone, children of spaghetti westerns master Sergio Leone. Their Leone Film Group is co-releasing the film in tandem with Rai Cinema’s 01 Distribution.
“The Hateful Eight” will bow in Italy in the 70mm format at this specially created Cinecittà venue on January 29 and also in two other Italian facilities, the Arcadia Multiplex outside Milan, and Bologna’s Cinema Lumiere. At Cinecittà a joint Leone and Tarantino screening series tribute will follow.
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The digital version of Tarantino’s “Eight” will go out in Italy on February 4.