Durante la conferenza stampa di presentazione del Festival ovviamente l’argomento Netflix è stato uno di quelli centrali. Secondo quanto riferisce Deadline: Fremaux said it was a “shame” not to have movies backed by the streaming giant at the festival in some form but that there had been “constructive dialogue with Netflix, contrary to appearances,” and that Netflix remains “welcome in Cannes.”
In particolare è il film di Orson Welles, The Other Side of the Wind, ad essere al centro della disputa. Un film peraltro il cui posto sarebbe stato comunque fuori concorso, dato che si tratta di un lavoro finito nel 1976 e montato solo oggi, trentatre anni dopo la morte del grande attore e regista.
“It’s too bad. Welles was president of the jury and of course had the Palme d’Or. His place was here. I saw the film, we all had a desire to see this film. It’s not an accident that Netflix is the rights holder of the film, though. They wanted to do it. They know and love cinema, but we don’t have the same position. The world is like that today. Last year when we had them on the red carpet we were very criticized. This year they won’t be on the red carpet and we’ll be criticized. Netflix is welcome in Cannes. We have an ongoing debate. We want to tell Ted [Sarandos] and Reed [Hastings] and Scott [Stuber] to come, let’s keep talking.”
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