Warner Bros. Cancels Argentina’s ‘Wild Tales’ Premiere As Multiplex Workers Strike

Damian Szifron’s Cannes favorite will not screen in his troubled home country thanks to an ongoing labor dispute

BUENOS AIRES – Warner Bros. Argentina suspended today the highly anticipated local premiere of Damian Szifron’s buzzy Cannes-entry Wild Tales after cinema workers went on strike over the weekend. 

The Sutep union reportedly boycotted multiplex screenings last weekend after negotiations with the Argentine Multiplex Exhibitor Chamber to improve working conditions went sour. The first surprise strike occurred on July 26, but it wasn’t until last Sunday when the protest went national, according to local Clarin newspaper. 

A dark, six-episode comedy, the film features a cast of well-known local stars led by A-lister Ricardo Darin. The film was co-produced by K&S Films and Spain's El Deseo, the shingle belonging to Pedro and Augustin Almodovar. 

Today, Warner Bros. announced it would cancel all screenings as well as the Thursday opening of their biggest bet for 2014, which was scheduled just before a long weekend. The film was picked up for US distribution by Sony at Cannes.

“We announce that due to the publicly known issues between exhibitors and the Sutep, we are postponing the premiere of Wild Tales," said Warner’s statement. "Although the people who produced and distribute the film are strangers to this problem, the decision was made to preserve the public from any potential setbacks that could prevent them from enjoying the show. We trust this issue will be resolved shortly, and we will inform the new opening date shortly.”