Though ongoing talks between both sides have reportedly been friendly, it looks like Netflix won’t be a part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival reports Variety.
The trade says the streaming giant will be absent from the Croisette again this year with no film either in or out of competition, even as they continue to quietly negotiate a potential settlement to their differences with Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber and Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux sharing a dinner over a week ago in Los Angeles.
The companies got into a very public spat last year which saw Netflix take Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” instead to Cannes’ rival Venice where it won the Golden Lion.
While no solution has been found yet to allow a Netflix title to return to Cannes, a key difference this year is the streamer does not yet have a festival-ready film to present – including Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” which won’t be finished in time and which Fremaux covets heavily.
Other potentials just not yet ready include Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” David Michod’s “The King,” the Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” and a new untitled project from Noah Baumbach. Netflix still plans to send an acquisition team to Cannes though.
The Cannes line-up is expected to be announced shortly with the likes of James Gray’s “Ad Astra” and Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” hot tips to premiere.