QT wasn’t even there. No wonder there weren’t any articles.
Midnight Eye on Takashi Miike’s press conference in Venice:
[quote]But first, the press conference. Why does a director known for his violent scenes put so much comedy into his new film, asks a lady from Hong Kong. “In Japan I’m seen as a man who makes children’s films.” What was it like working with Tarantino, asks another, and by the way, where the hell is he? The film’s special guest star - and ‘godfather’ of the spaghetti western retrospective conveniently taking place elsewhere at this same festival - has yet to show his face in Venice. “Back pains” is the official word that arrives instead. He won’t make it to Italy at all. Eli Roth is sent in to take over ceremonial duties for a day, looking somewhat out of place in a round table discussion that features two fistfuls of graying CinecittÃ regulars, but he is already on his way back to L.A. by the time Miike, Roth’s special guest star in the Tarantino-produced Hostel (you could call it an exchange of favours, but Miike did his bit for free, QT didn’t), arrives in town.[/quote]