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Swinton weighs in on Netflix controversy at Cannes festival

20 Mai 2017

The film was stopped and eventually restarted without further problems.

The festival quickly issued an apology, insisting the error was technical and not anti-Netflix sabotage. But that small mistake took on much greater significance because it involved Netflix.

Members of the press were not happy about the delay that occurred during the beginning of the press screening for Netflix's competition film early Friday morning, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's a ideal film for the streamer and we suggest that it only exists because of the Netflix model - a film with this much budget with its subject matter simply would not have received the green light from a Hollywood studio.

For the first time in the festival's history, two Netflix productions have been nominated for the prestigious Palme d'Or this year. Shortly after, Cannes announced that only films with scheduled theatrical releases in France would be considered in the festival starting next year. We'll have to wait a little over a month before it's available on Netflix. In contrast, jury president Pedro Almodovar argued that SVOD services must not be allowed to replace the traditional cinema experience. The writer-director of The Host and Snowpiercer, among others, looks to have taken everything he learned from the creature feature/horror picture and the sci-fi classic about class warfare and combined them into this "girl and her dog (thing)"-meets-evil organization (s) tale".

In picking its way through its clash with the FNCF, Netflix was quick to state that SVOD services enable audiences to view content in the manner of their own choosing.

The film released a first full-length trailer this week.

It's not just the attention of audiences or artistic considerations that traditional movie companies are concerned about. Amazon Studios' films are in the same boat as Netflix, thanks to what many consider an arcane law. And the more appealing Netflix becomes, the more threatened the industry feels.

The film, which takes rampant capitalism and environmental destruction to task and boasts Brad Pitt as co-producer, drew warm applause after the ill-fated screening, as its South Korean director tried to tamp down the Netflix row. The budget of the film was considerable, and a budget of this size is rare for filmmakers.

Peter Debruge (Variety): "Shot in bright, cinematic widescreen by DP Darius Khondji, this Netflix-produced feature belongs on the big screen, where no one would mistake Okja for a real animal, and yet the CG is convincing enough to suspend disbelief".

Swinton weighs in on Netflix controversy at Cannes festival