- Title: Cannes boss says cinemas right to object to Netflix' web-only movies
- Date: 16th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (French) CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, THIERRY FREMAUX (ON THE FILM FESTIVAL NOT HAVING QUOTAS) SAYING: "It is not a method, it's a moral position. Cannes is the biggest festival in the world, we've seen two thousand films, so we can't take films for false reasons, or maybe our bad taste, but films are taken for that." CAMERA / FREMAUX PREPARING FOR INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (French) CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, THIERRY FREMAUX, SAYING: "The festival is always changing, and is always the same. That's the key. The only thing, as we are talking about movie theatres, is that at a certain moment in the day, several times a day, the lights go out and we watch a film - together - and that's cinema." VARIOUS OF PALME D'OR BOAT / INTERNATIONAL HED OF COMMUNICATION AT CHOPARD SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (French) INTERNATIONAL HEAD OF COMMUNICATION AT CHOPARD, CELINE WACKIE-EYSTEN, SAYING: "The value of the Palme d'Or is not only a market value, it's a symbolic value, it's above all the ultimate prize for every film director." PALME D'OR SEAGULL FLYING
- Embargoed: 30th May 2017 19:56
- Keywords: Palme d'Or festival film Cannes Thierry Fremaux
- Location: CANNES, FRANCE / VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- City: CANNES, FRANCE / VARIOUS FILM LOCATIONS
- Country: France
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0036H3AJIL
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- Story Text: 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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