- Title: Cannes boss says cinemas right to object to Netflix' web-only movies
- Date: 16th May 2017
- Summary: CANNES, FRANCE (MAY 16, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF CANNES SEAFRONT BOATS IN WATER SEA / PALME D'OR IN BOX VARIOUS OF PALME D'OR CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR THIERRY FREMAUX POSING BY CANNES POSTER FREMAUX BEING INTERVIEWED (SOUNDBITE) (English) CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, THIERRY FREMAUX, SAYING: "Cannes is a film festival in theatres, and for the territory of France, we would like to have all the films competing in Cannes available in theatres. It's not of course against anyone, it's not to fight against anyone, it's just to say we're here." POSTER FOR 'OKJA' DETAIL ON POSTER READING 'NETFLIX' VARIOUS OF POSTER FOR 'OKJA' (SOUNDBITE) (English) CANNES FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, THIERRY FREMAUX, SAYING: "There is a new world which is coming, we say there is a new world, we say we have to keep also the old world."
- 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: LVA0016H3AJIL
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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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