'Hateful Eight' to Get Italy Launch With 888 Guests on Winter Set at Famed Rome Studio

'The Hateful Eight'
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Quentin Tarantino, Kurt Russell and Harvey Weinstein will be on hand for the special 70mm screening at Federico Fellini's home at Cinecitta Studios.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight will get a very special 70mm premiere in Rome.

The January 28 event will take place at Cinecitta Studios, where the legendary Theatre 5 will be transformed into a winter set to mirror the landscape of the film, organizers said on Wednesday. The director himself will be on hand for the special event, along with actors Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen and executive producer and Weinstein Co. co-chairman Harvey Weinstein.

The premiere will be themed around the number 8, with 888 guests for Tarantino’s eighth film, which focuses on eight characters.

Theatre 5 was the home of Federico Fellini while at Cinecitta and has since been named in his honor. For the Hateful Eight event, spectators will walk through a large snowy scenery, complete with the inn seen in the film, filled with references from the plot of the film.

A large tiered auditorium has been built for the event with 888 classic cinema armchairs on black carpet with visibility from every seat to the 21 x 8 meters mega-screen, ideal for exploiting the depth and technical potential of 70mm.

The 188-minute film will be shown with a 3:48 minute overture from composer Ennio Morricone and with a 12-minute intermission, as in the days of films like Ben Hur.

Tarantino fans in Rome will be able to see the winter snow set version of The Hateful Eight at Cinecitta through February. The digital version of the film opens in Italy on Feb. 4 from Leone Film Group in collaboration with 01 Distribution.

The Hateful Eight has been nominated for three Oscars for best supporting actress (Jennifer Jason Leigh), best original score (Morricone) and best cinematography (Robert Richardson). Morricone has already picked up a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award for best score.

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