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Netflix’s animal rights drama, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and others, got four minutes of standing ovation at its premiere at the fest. When the young star, South Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun, appeared on the big screen during the reception, the audience cheered even more.
And before the first frame of the film, when the Netflix logo appeared onscreen, the audience cheered and clapped, erasing any questions of how the discerning Palais audience would respond to the streaming giant’s first official Cannes selection.
The world premiere went off without any technical glitches, unlike the Friday morning press screening. During that screening, Okja was halted for 15 minutes due to technical problems, and the festival later issued an apology. The crowd both cheered and booed when Netflix’s logo re-appeared on the screen.
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