Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival made headlines with their feud back in May, one almost entirely of the festival’s making. While the pair played nice in 2017, this year the festival enforced a rule in which all films played must have a French theatrical run and can’t be streamed for three years afterwards.
Netflix didn’t like that rule and pulled out of the fest, in doing so they yanked Alfonso Cuaron film “Roma” from the potential line-up and instead premiered it at Venice. “Roma” has since drawn some of the best reviews of the year and has emerged as a serious Best Picture contender, as have a few other Venice festival launchers, whilst the Cannes titles? Not so much.
Speaking with French outlet Le Point (via The Playlist) this week, Cannes director Thierry Fremaux discussed the impasse and says the festival could soon be coming to a truce with the streaming giant so as not to render themselves obsolete with their stubborn steadfastness.
Fremaux confirms in the interview that Netflix execs Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber both came to the Lumiere Film Festival recently, one co-run by Fremaux, to discuss their future relationship with Cannes. Richard Patry, president of the National Federation of French Cinemas, was also in the discussions which aim to figure out how Netflix can bring some of their high-profile films to next year’s festival.
Amongst the possibilities that could debut at the fest next year are Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” (assuming it’s finished), J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier,” Dan Gilroy’s “Velvet Buzzsaw,” David Michod’s “The King,” and Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat”.