Gotta love the pretentiousness in Hollywood. Despite the fact that we’re currently living in a world of streaming content — and that a lot of this content has just as much a chance of being good as anything showing at your local theater, the industry is pushing back. Last week, we reported on Steven Spielberg’s thoughts that streaming movies shouldn’t be eligible for Oscars, and now it sounds like at least one prestigious award will be out of reach for Netflix, Hulu, and every other streaming service.
According to THR, The Cannes Film Festival — one of the biggest film festivals in the world — will not allow Netflix or any other streamer to compete at the festival. They will be able to show their movies, but as far as qualifying for the legendary Palme d’Or? Fuhgettaboutit.
This is in stark contrast to when movies like Okja were allowed to compete (and Okja was famously met with boos when the Netflix logo popped up — pretentious pr**ks). Apparently, French filmmakers and unions since condemned the festival for allowing that and The Meyerowitz Stories to screen, vowing protests.
Now, that’s not to say these services can never have their movies compete. From the sound of it, the films need to have theatrical releases in France in order to compete, but thanks to the nature of streaming, and the law requirements of France, it’s a difficult agreement to come to.
Regarding this, festival head Theirry Fremaux said:
“The Netflix people loved the red carpet and would like to be present with other films. But they understand that the intransigence of their own model is now the opposite of ours.”
Though while the decision for this year seems to be set, Fremaux sounds open to rethinking this in the future, as becoming risk-averse seems to be a way to stagnation.
“We have to take into account the existence of these powerful new players: Amazon, Netflix and maybe soon Apple,” He said. “We’ll defend the image of a risk-prone festival, questioning the cinema, and we must be at the table every year.”
What do you think of this new ruling? Do you think Netflix films deserve to compete for the Palme d’Or? Let us know down below!
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