Tarantino's: Inglourious Basterds Premiers in Cannes Fest

Cannes Film Fest 2009–Quentin Tarantino's WWII movie “Inglourious Basterds” will world-premiere at the 2009 Cannes Film fest.

Starring Brad Pit, the movie, which is is set in Nazi-occupied France, has been invited to play in competition at Cannes.  Tarantino, a longtime favorite of the French, has accepted the offer and has told the film's backers, the Weinstein Co. and Universal, that the pic will be ready for its world premiere during the May fest.

The movie, which follows a band of Jewish-American soldiers whose mission is to take down a group of Nazis, will bow August 21.

Both the Weinstein Co. and Universal declined to comment. Cannes organizers, who will announce the festival's lineup April 23, also didn't comment.

Tarantino became one of Hollywood's most popular directors after “Pulp Fiction” won Cannes' top award, the Palme d'Or, in 1994.

A decade later, Tarantino returned to serve as president of the festival jury. Tarantino's “Kill Bill” was not in competition that year, but it did play on the festival's final night in its original 3-hour-plus version. In addition, “Death Proof” played in Cannes competition in 2007, and Tarantino's debut film, “Reservoir Dogs,” played out of competition in 1992.

This year's festival runs May 13-24.