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This year's Cannes Film Festival is quaking with change

17 Mai 2017

The Vietnam Movie Department will sign a minutes of cooperation with France's National Centre for Cinema and Moving Image to elevate the close relations between two countries in film industry.

But from next year Cannes will require every film in competition to be shown in French cinemas afterwards, potentially preventing Netflix movies from competing for prizes.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said Okja, starring Tilda Swinton and co-produced by Brad Pitt, would be given a "select" cinema release in the United States and a run in London.

"Netflix made a decision to go first via the internet, so French theaters protested, and they are right, because cinema is first of all in theaters".

He adds that president-elect Emmanuel Macron is committed to reviewing laws about film distribution, including the three-year delay imposed before producers can offer streaming video on demand. "I wish, one day, I go there to represent a film too", Kapoor said. This is the first time that an FTII film has been selected for participation in the Cinefondation. The exhibition community and the Cannes Film Festival is apparently trying to punish a new distributor with a new business model because they can't see past a stupid window.

Just as Netflix is planning limited theatrical runs in the US and the United Kingdom, it also sought for the same compromise in the French marketplace. Kapadia told PTI that her film Afternoon Clouds is actually an exercise at FTII, which had to be done as a part of A final second-year project. Although her last visit was a low point, when the 2014 film Grace of Monaco was savaged by critics at the premiere, she lights up talking about her Cannes highlights. Festival programmers thought "they could get away with showing Netflix movies", he said. "So they were caught between those two very immovable protagonists - or rather, antagonists".

The move angered Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who slammed what he called the French cinema establishment for "closing ranks" against the U.S. streaming service.

Cannes Film Festival has always been identified for the human emotional content coming from small places that brings quintessential stories live on screen. Farrell, who was nominated for a Golden Globe in Yorgos Lanthimos' 2015 quirky film, The Lobster, also co-stars with Kidman in The Beguiled as a wounded Union soldier taken in during the Civil War by a boarding school of sheltered Virginia schoolgirls. The festival said it was "aware of the anxiety aroused" by the Netflix films and has lobbied for a solution.

A rumor has recently spread about a possible exclusion of the Official Selection of Noah Baumbach and Bong Joon-Ho whose films have been largely financed by Netflix.

The hot talking point in the week leading up to the festival is the inclusion of "TV movies" in the Official Selection, something Cannes kept refusing to do over the past years.

This year's Cannes Film Festival is quaking with change