Netflix out of contention for Cannes Palm d’OrBy Staff Writer 27 March 2018 | Categories: news
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Netflix received a big ‘NON!’ from the Cannes Film Festival, with their movies now out of the running for the coveted Palm d’Or. Why you might ask? Well, it’s got all to do with the way they distribute their original content.
The Hollywood Reported carries some harsh words from head of the film festival, Thierry Fremaux, who notes, “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,”
Fremaux is referring to the fact that Netflix original content does not receive a theatrical release, instead it’s streamed to millions of subscribers on the day of release. Last year the film elite almost choked on their canapes when two Netflix originals, Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories competed for the prize. But there will be no such nonsense this year, since the festival has now changed it rules to require all movies competing to have a theatrical release in France.
This places the Netflix flicks out of contention for the top prize, although they can still be screened at the festival. In an added swipe at Netflix, Fremaux stated, “The history of cinema and the history of the internet are two different things.”
Fremaux has apparently also banned selfies on the red carpet, while women wearing flats will also receive a ‘défense d’entrer’ for Cannes.
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