Cannes boss says cinemas right to object to Netflix’ web-only movies

CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) – French cinemas were right to object to Netflix’ appearance at Cannes, the film festival’s director said on Tuesday (May 16), ahead of the movie fortnight that this year has been marked by a fight between theatres and the U.S. online giant.

Netflix, which streams films and television shows to subscribers, has two of the hottest movies in contention for the Palme d’Or – its first time in competition at the festival that France boasts is the greatest in the world.

But, in a country where movies shown in cinemas cannot be streamed for three years, Netflix refused to arrange distribution across France – meaning “Okja”, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, and “The Meyerowitz Stories”, with Ben Stiller and Dustin Hoffman, will not be seen on the big screen after their Cannes premiere.

The festival has tightened its rules so that in future any in-competition film will have to get a theatre release – effectively barring Netflix after this year.


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