CIFF Summer Gala tribute to Tarantino Aug. 18

Director Quentin Tarantino will receive a special tribute at the Chicago International Film Festival’s 2009 Summer Gala Aug. 18, along with the Chicago premiere screening of Tarentino’s wildly awaited “Inglourious Basterds.”

The Tarantino tribute features a montage of his groundbreaking body of work and a Career Achievement Award from Cinema/Chicago, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

The tribute and premiere will be held at the AMC East theatre, starting at 6 p.m., followed by a reception at theWit hotel following the tribute and screening at 9:30 p.m.

Tarentino wrote and directed the World War II action/drama, which critics say has “Oscars written all over it.” It stars Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Bruhl and Eli Waltz.

The story is about a group of Jewish-American soldiers in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, known as “The Basterds,” who are chosen to specifically spread fear throughout the Third Reich.

The Weinstein Company and Universal Pictures, through its newly formed International Studio, co-financing and co-present the film.

The Summer Gala, always a big hit with the social set, is CIFF’s major fund-raiser. It helps support the annual Chicago International Film Festival, Oct. 8-21, and CIFF’s non-profit Educational Outreach program that brings films and filmmakers to thousands of inner-city students and fosters media literacy.

Tickets are $150 for the tribute, screening and reception or $50 for the tribute and screening. For tickets call 312/ 683-0121.

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