Netflix film Okja booed at Cannes Film Festival

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 20, 2017

Netflix has had a tough time of it at Cannes this year.

"Ha, this (film) is really not made for the cinema", one spectator shouted as the screening was stopped for eight minutes to solve the technical hiccup.

In a statement posted on its official Twitter account, the festival apologised, saying: "A technical incident disrupted the beginning of the screening of Bong Joon-ho's film, Okja, which was shown this morning at a press screening at the Lumiere Auditorium".

Tilda Swinton and Lily Collins rubbed shoulders with Rihanna on the red carpet of the premiere of Netflix film Okja, hours after a disastrous press screening. But when a multinational business named the Mirando Corporation takes the titular creature to NY in the name of self-promotion, Mija sets out on a rescue mission.

Stirring up even more controversy this week was beloved Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar, who is serving as the president of the jury that will award the festival's top prize, the Palme d'Or.

As the Netflix logo hit the screen, sections of the crowd booed, and the opening scene was hard to hear due to heckling and slow handclapping - apparently due to the film being projected in the wrong aspect ratio.

"The second time around the audience booed the Netflix logo again".

Based on the first reviews, "Okja" could well win over the jury at Cannes.

"Okja" will hit Netflix and play theatrically in many countries on June 28. But the law in France requires that films be available in theaters for at least three years before they can be streamed online. Okja should encourage a lot of conversation about GMOs, the agriculture industry, animal welfare groups, and the pros and cons of both sides of each of them.

"Netflix have given Bong Joon-Ho the chance to make his absolutely liberated vision a reality, and for that I am so grateful". "The truth is, we didn't actually come here for prizes", Swinton said. I'm not sure people will watch those movies together.

Added Bong: "I'm just very happy that [Almodovar] will watch this movie tonight". The narrative centres on a peasant girl in the mountain forests of South Korea who has raised Okja, a friendly giant of a pig monster that has become her beloved pet. Netflix Movie Okja was stopped only a few minutes after it started.

"We are thrilled to explore any and all options that will give these films an opportunity to be viewed by as large an audience as possible, on a variety of screens, because similar to French exhibitors, we want to continue to contribute to the development and financing of films", Netflix stated.

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