Netflix responded negatively to the invitation of Cannes 2021 for two of his next films to be screened as part of the prestigious festival. This information was released hours after the official selection for the 74th edition of the famous film meeting was revealed, which will take place from July 6 to 17 of the current year.
In a recent interview with Deadline, the current director of the Cannes Film Festival Thierry fremaux assured that he had absolute disposition so that the coming tapes Blondeby Andrew Dominik, and The Power of the Dog, by Jane Campion, had their world premiere at the great film event. Both productions are Netflix originals – whose catalog will arrive in 2021 – and are headed by filmmakers previously recognized at Cannes: Dominik competed for the Palme d’Or thanks to Kill them softly (2012), while Campion obtained this highest award due to The piano (1993).
On the other hand, Frémaux’s plan was that Blonde Y The Power of the Dog will be integrated into the category of Out of Competition, and apparently that’s what would have upset the red “N”.
«Netflix doesn’t want to come to Cannes, but I invited them anyway«, Expressed the manager. “It is important, We are not the ones who reject Netflix movies, it is Netflix who does not want to or cannot. They want to enter the competition, but films that are part of the competition must be released [a través de cines] in France«.
Let us remember that in the 70th edition of the prestigious ceremony – which took place in the spring of 2017 – Netflix was able to be present for the Palme d’Or thanks to the feature films The Meyerowitz Storiesby Noah Baumbach, and Okayby Bong Joon-ho. This unleashed a wave of controversy due to the fact that they were productions that, coming from a platform of streaming, they were not planned to be distributed on the big screen. As a consequence, Cannes ruled that, as of 2018, any film that aspired to be part of the competition had to commit to being screened in French cinemas.
Will this restrictive measure ever change? Thierry Frémaux does not rule out that Cannes adapts to the new contexts of the audiovisual field.
«I think that all over the world, the question of windows [de exhibición], of the protection of the theatrical, of the appearance of platforms, all this is a fundamental phenomenon of the world of the moving image and we want Cannes to be in some way at the heart of that, “said the Frenchman in his recent talk. with Deadline. «But I would like Netflix to be at the center of that too. However, Netflix protects your system, your subscribers, your customers«.
And I add:
«I would have loved for them to participate in Out of Competition to also show the quality of their work, the quality of their productions. But to see the quality of their productions, you have to go to Netflix. Fortunately, I am a subscriber and I love Netflix, but my job is to show movies. I would also love to show Netflix movies.