Director Quentin Tarantino has lashed out at reports he awarded MICHAEL MOORE the prestigious PALME D'OR at the Cannes Film Festival for political reasons.

Tarantino headed the jury at the annual movie event on the French Riviera and presented the OSCAR-winning filmmaker with the festival's highest honour on Saturday (22MAY04), for his anti-George W Bush documentary FAHRENHEIT 9/11.

Moore's film criticise the Bush administration and the White House foreign policy since the September 11th (01) attacks.

Tarantino says, "When I was on stage with Michael Moore, I knew all this politics crap would be brought up.

"I just whispered in his ear and said, 'I just want you to know it was not because of the politics that you won this award. You won it because we thought it was the best film that we saw.'"

Disney, who financed the making of the film under their MIRAMAX studio, have refused to distribute it in America. Although Moore has been looking for a new distributor over the past few weeks (MAY04), he now expects to have a distributor "within the next 24 hours", since picking up the Palme d'Or.

23/05/2004 21:16