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Netflix debate heats up after 'Okja' screening at Cannes

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 01:33

Okja' director, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho and actress Tilda Swinton defended Netflix on Friday (May 19) after heckles at an advance press screening at the 70th Cannes film festival. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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Okja' director, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho and actress Tilda Swinton defended Netflix on Friday (May 19) after heckles at an advance press screening at the 70th Cannes film festival. When the Netflix logo appeared in the credit at the beginning, some boos were heard. The film halted five minutes in after what the festival called "a technical incident". Speaking at a news conference after, director Bong said he was unfazed by the technical difficulties. "Okja" is one of the hottest movies at this year's festival but is divisive because U.S. video-on-demand company Netflix has refused to screen it in French cinemas. Jury president Pedro Almodovar said films should always be seen on the big screen and he was "concerned" about the issue. The festival has also tightened its rules so that in future any in-competition film will have to get a theatre release - effectively barring Netflix after this year. "Okja" tells the story of a giant pig raised in part by a young South Korean girl, Mija. Their idyllic life is threatened when a TV zoologist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, turns up to reclaim the animal for a company called Mirando, whose CEO is played by Tilda Swinton. A total of 19 films are in contention for the Palme d'Or at the 70th Cannes film festival which ends on May 28.

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Netflix debate heats up after 'Okja' screening at Cannes

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 01:33