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The Hollywood Reporter has released its fifth Cannes Film Festival daily issue, which includes an analysis of the Brexit effect on co-productions, a recap of Saturday’s bomb scare, a look at how the fest is spotlighting the refugee crisis and a chat with Bong Joon-ho about Okja.
The Brexit Effect
A plummeting British pound and a loss of crucial subsidies are leading industry dealmakers to predict collaborations between the U.K. and Europe will become a thing of the past, as the April 2019 event will affect production, distribution, funding and treaties altogether. One tells THR, “We are already feeling the pinch.”
Screening Security Scare
The Debussy cinema was evacuated just before the 7:30 p.m. press screening of Michel Hazanavicius‘ romantic comedy Redoubtable, due to a suspicious bag left unattended at the entrance to the Palais. The security staff called a bomb expert to check it out, and it turned out to be no threat. The scare caused an estimated 45-minute delay.
Spotlight on Crisis
THR takes a look at how the plight of the millions of migrants worldwide is in sharp focus at this year’s fest. Vanessa Redgrave’s doc Sea Sorrow, Michael Haneke’s drama Happy End and Alejandro Inarritu’s first foray into VR attempt to shine new light on what human rights organizations call the greatest global migration since the end of WWII, with an estimated 65 million people displaced or on the move worldwide.
BTS With Bong Joon-ho
In Okja, a girl travels from South Korea to New York to rescue her 6-ton pet pig from becoming a casualty of corporate interests. Premiering in competition, Okja cost $50 million to produce, making it the most expensive Korean-language film ever. Bong spoke to THR about working with Netflix, collaborating with Tilda Swinton and the rapport between animals and humans.
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