Netflix remains in the cold when it comes to Cannes programming.
The festival and the streamer, despite ongoing conversations, still fail to bridge their differences and therefore, once again, the Croisette will be devoid of Netflix movies.
Cannes insists on a local theatrical release for films in competition but has already offered the streamer out-of-competition slots. “Out of competition” did not please the streamer.
Festival director Thierry Fremaux reiterated the status quo today (via a translator): “The festival has a rule that films in Competition must have a local theatrical release. Netflix wishes to have its films in Competition and on their platform. Since 2017, Netflix has not agreed to broadcast its films out of Competition but we are talking about it a lot. There were two potential films that could go to other festivals. We regret not having been able to negotiate their Out of Competition presence. American studios have proven time and time again that it can be very inviting to play in other sections. We will continue to try to convince them to attend.
Two years ago, a Netflix film premiered at Directors’ Fortnight. But other than that, no Netflix movie has been shown in Cannes since 2017.
Netflix movies that Cannes probably would have liked to have had at the festival in one form or another include Jane Campion Dog power and that of Paolo Sorrentino God’s hand.
Other Netflix films that could debut at a festival later in the year include Blond, the guilty, The more they fall, Munich, the Untitled project Sandra Bullock / Nora Fingscheidt, Beckett, and Big bug.