The lack of action at AFM is attributable in part to foreign buyer distraction over the fest’s A + title, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. I am hearing offers are five deep for just about every territory and that the auction will be resolved by week’s end. That means big distributors aren’t focusing on much else. All this began when the director himself strode into a Casa Del Mar ballroom filled with buyers late last week. Flanked by Harvey Weinstein and cast members Walton Goggins, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tarantino stoked the fires by regaling prospective offshore distributors with his grand plans. All had read most of Tarantino’s shooting script and knew the set-up: eight hate-filled firebrands from the Old West hole up in an establishment to seek shelter from a blizzard. The talk is as tough as the food. some use harsh language merely to vent while others come out vented by bullets, and nobody knows who is lying. Tarantino focused on many things in his talk–including a proclamation he’ll definitely retire after his tenth film—but his main goal was to make offshore distributors his accomplices in a plan to establish The Hateful Eight as such an epic 70mm effort that it will remind the world why, compared to film, digital projection is like coming to a gun fight with a knife instead of a six-shooter.