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Netlfix no longer allowed to compete at Cannes Film Festival

By midian182 ยท 11 replies
Mar 26, 2018
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  1. Following an outcry over the decision to let two of its movies compete for the Palme d’Or last year, Netflix has been banned from the competing at the Cannes Film Festival. The streaming service’s refusal to release its films in theatres—barring the very rare simultaneous online and offline launches—is behind the decision.

    Two Netflix titles—Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories—were entered into Cannes last year despite criticism from French filmmakers, among others, who said their lack of theatrical runs in France meant they shouldn’t be able to compete. Netflix did try to obtain temporary permits for the movies to get one-week theatrical releases, but French media regulators prevented it and the pair couldn’t reach an agreement.

    Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Cannes festival head Theirry Fremaux said: “Last year, when we selected these two films, I thought I could convince Netflix to release them in cinemas. I was presumptuous, they refused.”

    “The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours.”

    While Netflix will be able to show its originals at Cannes, it won’t be able to enter the running for the Palme d’Or. It was implied that its films won’t be eligible for any of the festivals other awards, either. The new rules state that starting with this year’s event, films entering the competition will need to have a French theatrical release.

    Cannes’ organizers aren’t the only ones who have a problem with Netflix’s movies. Steven Spielberg recently told the UK’s ITV news that they shouldn’t be eligible for Oscars, while The Dark Knight and Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan said the company has a “bizarre aversion” to supporting theater releases

    “I think the investment that Netflix is putting into interesting filmmakers and interesting projects would be more admirable if it weren’t being used as some kind of bizarre leverage against shutting down theaters,” Nolan said last year. “It’s so pointless. I don’t really get it.”

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  2. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +143

    That's a really retarded decision.
    killmess and Reehahs like this.
  3. Air Wayve

    Air Wayve TS Rookie

    Absolutely amazing break down Darkzelda. Couldn't of said it better myself.
  4. BGrant

    BGrant TS Enthusiast Posts: 30   +27

    Who cares about these dated fake awards?
  5. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,028   +3,429

    Is it in the rules that it has to be released in theater's? Considering their failings it's just a dumb decision. Film is film and they shouldn't be so judgmental!
    erickmendes, killmess and dms96960 like this.
  6. anisbet2171

    anisbet2171 TS Rookie

    If they want to win awards they should make their own streaming award ceremony, in stead of entering Theatre awards ceremonies.
    copasetic likes this.
  7. kapital98

    kapital98 TS Maniac Posts: 319   +245

    They shouldn't be so judgmental. This has nothing to do with the artistic quality of the movies. It's simply the industry (in particular, the cinemas) which are preventing Netflix from gaining prestigious awards.

    As to the person who said who cares about 'fake' awards: These awards are critical in getting greater attention at larger prizes (like Golden Globes, Oscars, etc). All of these awards build a brand that Netflix wants as they shift more into exclusive content. It shows that they are just as good as any of the other production studios -- no small feat for a company that just a decade ago was streaming reruns and cable movies. It has a huge impact on the bottom line.
    killmess and Reehahs like this.
  8. Reehahs

    Reehahs TS Guru Posts: 723   +460

    With the rate cinemas are going at, they will be history soon enough.
    killmess likes this.
  9. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,399   +431

    Really lack of theatrical releases being the reason? I thought they awarded movies on merit...
    erickmendes and dms96960 like this.
  10. Kashim

    Kashim TS Booster Posts: 77   +60

    Sounds like the theater czars are butthurt because Netflix won't let them collect some juicy profits from concessions and overpriced theater tickets these movies would attract.
    Reehahs, erickmendes and dms96960 like this.
  11. erickmendes

    erickmendes TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +239

    Ok, so it's all about the industry, not about the art... Even on blockbusters like Avengers movies that's not so artistic but lets say artistic in other senses, I'm avoiding cinemas. I prefer to get them on Google Films.

    I think they problem is the popcorn industry... Because going to cinema nowadays is more about attracting consumers to big shopping malls and making people spent money on soft drinks then about the movies.
    Reehahs likes this.
  12. copasetic

    copasetic TS Rookie Posts: 20

    Someone's scared....(again). Change is coming, sooner or later, and there's nothing the MPAA (and associates) can do about it... Yes they SHOULD have their own festival. Youtube has awards...others do too...
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2018

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