No Netflix film at the Cannes Film Festival 2022?

Not Even Blonde, the biopic of Marilyn Monroe with Ana de Armas?

variety is formal: “Netflix’s Cannes comeback will not take place this year.” It’s even the title of their article! The American magazine, often very well informed, assures that the streaming service does not intend to submit films for the 75th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. A surprising statement, knowing that Andrew Dominik recently said at the Berlinale that he would have liked his film Blonde hairbiopic of Marilyn Monroe worn by Ana de Armas, is precisely screened for the first time on the Croisette… Postponed to this year because of its overly sulfurous scenes, this adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ shock novel would not visible before the next Venice Film Festival?

Netflix Postpones Marilyn Monroe’s Ana de Armas Biopic Blonde to 2022

The last time a Netflix production aired as part of the Cannes Film Festival was in 2017 with Okjaby Bong Joon-ho, and The Meyerowitz Stories, by Noah Baumbach. The following year, Thierry Frémaux publicly criticized the method of distribution of the firm of Ted Sarandos, which prompted the Netflix teams to withdraw the films they intended to present on the Croisette, such as the documentary on Orson Welles , They’ll love me when I’m dead. Since then, there has been no Netflix film screened at Cannes, either in competition or in other selections, the firm preferring to bet on other festivals, such as the Venice Film Festival, for example, where The Power of the Dogby Jane Campion, or God’s handby Paolo Sorrentino, were acclaimed, before being nominated for the Oscars.

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The dispute between Netflix and Cannes is linked to the mode of distribution of Netflix productions, which, in order to be able to be released in cinemas while respecting the chronology of French media, would then have to wait 15 months (and until recently 36 months) before being able to be offered on the platform. The firm refusing to accept this rule, it broadcasts its works directly on its platform without going through the cinema box, with very rare exceptions (a handful of broadcasts are exceptionally accepted, as during the “Netflix festival” which took place this winter).

The organizers of the Cannes festival defend cinema in theaters, and for the moment, this conflict is not settled. One would have thought, however, that a step forward would take place this year, Netflix having recently signed a historic agreement with French cinemawhich in particular commits the company to donating 4% of its net turnover to the creation of local cinematographic works…

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