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Netflix Declined Invites to Premiere
Campion’s ‘Dog’ and Dominik’s ‘Blonde’
Zack Sharf (@zsharf), IndieWire
Jun 4, 2021 9:20 am
Campion is a Palme d'Or winner and Dominik competed at Cannes in 2012. Neither
filmmaker will be at Cannes 2021.
delegate Thierry Frémaux revealed in a
new interview with Deadline that he invited Netflix to the 2021 festival to world
premiere Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” and
Andrew Dominik’s “Blonde” in out
of competition slots, but the streaming giant declined.
Campion is a Palme d'Or winner
Some industry players thought 2021 could
be the year Netflix returned to Cannes after it was rumored that
Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods” was
lining up an out of competition premiere in 2020 to coincide with the director heading the competition
jury. That premiere never happened as the pandemic canceled the 2020
festival, and now we know after yesterday’s 2021 lineup announcement that Netflix won’t be attending
Sorrentino’s movie [‘Hand of
God’] is not at all ready,”
Frémaux said when asked about Netflix invites in 2021.
“Jane Campion’s movie could have been ready,
Andrew Dominik’s film [‘Blonde’] could have been ready — it’s beautiful, I saw it —
and I invited those films Out of Competition. Netflix doesn’t want to come to
Cannes, but I invited them anyway and alas…It’s important, it’s not us refusing
Netflix movies, it’s Netflix who doesn’t want or can’t…They want
to come in Competition but films that are part of the Competition must be released (theatrically) in
Andrew Dominik competed at Cannes in 2012
and Cannes have been at odds ever since
Noah Baumbach’s “The
Meyerowitz Stories” and Bong Joon
Ho’s “Okja” premiered
in competition at the 2017 festival, igniting a storm of controversy. Cannes took
charge of the situation by issuing a rule that all movies that compete for the Palme d’Or must have theatrical releases in France, indirectly barring
Netflix from competition.
Plemons and Kirsten Dunst star in Jane
Campion’s “The Power of the Dog”
and Kirsten Dunst attending the
77th Golden Globe Awards Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton, Los Angeles, CA, USA on January 5, 2020.
Photo by Lionel Hahn/Abaca/Sipa USA/Sipa via AP Images)
Theatrical releases in
France must wait three years until they become available to stream, so competing at
Cannes goes against Netflix’s business model.
Cannes has kept the door open for Netflix to play out of
competition (there’s no rule stating non-competition titles must have a theatrical release in France), but
Netflix has yet to accept the offer.
“Globally, I think yes, it is going to
change one day,” Frémaux told
Deadline when asked about the three-year theatrical window in France. “I think that all over the world, the question of windows, of the protection of
theatrical, of the appearance of platforms — all of this is a fundamental phenomenon of the world of the
moving image and we want Cannes to be in some way at the heart of that. But, I’d like that
Netflix is also at the heart of that.”
Blonde,” a loose biographical drama starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn
continued, “Netflix protects its system, its
subscribers, its clients. I would have loved that they come Out of Competition also
to show the quality of their work, the quality of their productions. But to see the quality of their
productions, you have to go to Netflix. Fortunately, I’m a subscriber and I
love Netflix, but my job is to show films. I would also love to
show Netflix films.”
Jane Campion is a Cannes icon and remains the only
woman director to win the Palme d’Or thanks to her acclaimed
drama “The Piano.”
Her latest, “The Power of the Dog,”
stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst (a Cannes Best Actress winner for
“Melancholia”), and Jesse Plemons.
Dominik competed for the Palme d’Or in 2012 with “Killing Them Softly.” His latest is “Blonde,” a loose biographical drama starring Ana de Armas as Marilyn Monroe.
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