- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Flipboard
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Tumblr
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
In an amusing irony, the first press screening for Netflix’s competition film Okja was marred by a cinema technology malfunction.
The film appeared misframed on the big screen, which hadn’t been masked properly, resulting in the top and the bottom sections of the imge being cut off. The tech problems quickly led to boos from the assembled international press corps. Shortly after the film began, the screening was abruptly suspended.
The technical malfunction lasted approximately 10 minutes before the film was restarted and correctly projected. The crowd both cheered and booed when Netflix’s logo re-appeared on the screen.
Some in the crowd could instantly be overheard speculating that it was intentional and a conspiracy to sabotage Netflix.
A Netflix representative declined to comment. A source close to the film said it was actually the curtain that malfunctioned. The festival later in the morning apologized for the snafu.
After the screening, the film earned a brief round of applause from the press in the audience. And, despite the dramatic debut flub, the emerging critical consensus appeared to be largely positive. The Guardian‘s Peter Bradshaw tweeted, “Boog Joon-ho’s Okja is a wonderful family action-adventure in the spirit of Roald Dahl, Melissa Mathison and Dodie Smith,” while Vanity Fair‘s Richard Lawson tweeted, “OKJA is great. A spirited, weird, poignant plea for compassion and principle. It’s closing moments feel like a benediction. #Cannes2017.”
This year’s Cannes festival is a landmark moment for Netflix, which has two titles in the competition lineup (Bong Joon Ho’s Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories from Noah Baumbach). Cinema purists have said this sets a dangerous precedent, however, since the films won’t be getting a major theatrical release in most markets and instead will be streamed to small screens worldwide.
given to a film that is then not seen on the big screen,” said jury head Almodovar. “]
Festival organizers last week unveiled a new requirement for competition films to have traditional theatrical distribution in French theaters after the French Cinema Federation (FNCF) objected to the inclusion of the two Netflix films in Cannes’ official selection. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings hit back with a post on Facebook, saying: “The establishment [is] closing ranks against us.”
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Tribeca Film Festival
‘Bucky F*cking Dent’ Review: David Duchovny Directs and Stars in an Amusing Father-Son Dramedy
Tribeca Film Festival
‘Our Son’ Review: Luke Evans and Billy Porter Turn a Gay Divorce and Custody Battle Into Same Old Same Old
Cynthia Erivo Opens Up About Filming Pivotal ‘Wicked’ Scene: “My Heart Broke Open and Tears Fell”
Eva Longoria Credits ‘Desperate Housewives’ As Her “Film School” Years Before Directing ‘Flamin’ Hot’
Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
‘Transformers: Rise of the Beasts’ Trumps Spidey at Friday Box Office