Roger Avary Remembers When ‘Pulp Fiction’ & ‘Killing Zoe’ Won Over The Cannes Film Festival – Studio

Mark Mann

Ask those who’ve been to the Cannes Film Festival a few times, and they always recall the electricity in the Grand Theatre Lumiere after sitting through a seminal film, i.e. The Piano (1993), Barton Fink (1991) and Amour (2012), to name a few. 1994 was a sublime year for Roger Avary when he came to the Croisette with Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, a pic he co-wrote that would ultimately win the best screenplay Oscar, as well as his own feature directorial debut Killing Zoe, which played out of competition. Both rallied here at Cannes: Pulp Fiction with the Palme d’Or and Killing Zoe with the Prix Tres Special. Avary returned to Cannes this year to sell his upcoming Voltage/Constantin sci-fi YA feature Unwind in the market, and stopped by the Deadline studio to talk about the special moments surrounding the titles from 22 years ago. Heading into the festival that year, Avary remembers the French were already Tarantino fans after Reservoir Dogs. “The French, they got it,” says Avary about Tarantino’s first film, “That (year) was the warmest welcome we could have hoped to receive.”


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