According to Variety Quentin Tarantino's WWII epic Inglourious Basterds will be playing at the Cannes Film Festival.

Tarantino has accepted the invitation to screen the film there and he told the companies behind, the Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures, that the film will be ready to premiere at the festival in May.

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The film will open August 21.

In Inglourious Basterds a band of U.S. soldiers facing death by firing squad for their misdeeds are given a chance to redeem themselves by heading into the perilous no-man's lands of Nazi-occupied France on a suicide mission for the Allies.

The Cannes Film Festival will announce its full lineup April 23.

Tarantino won the Cannes' Palme d'Or in 1994 for Pulp Fiction.

This year the Cannes Film Festival runs May 13-24.