The “screening cycle” will therefore not take place in cinemas all over France.
Earlier this week, two representatives of French film distributors, the DIRE and the SDE, expressed their anger when they learned that a “Netflix festival” was going to be organized in several cinemas in France. Around ten exhibitors were then in negotiations with the platform to organize a few screenings, between December 7 and 14, of cinematographic works originally created to be broadcast on the platform. Following this scathing press release, the National Federation of Cinema has also indicated that it is opposed to the organization of such a festival on the part of a streaming company. Finally, the organizers have just announced that they are giving up planning their “cycle of projections” everywhere in France.
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The Netflix Film Club will however be well organized on the dates previously announced, but only within the French Cinémathèque, in Paris, and at the Lumière Institute, in Lyon. The selected works are two nine, all broadcast in 2021 on the platform and three of which will be screened in preview: Pieces of a Woman by Kornél Mundruczó, Malcolm & Marie by Sam Levinson, The Harder They Fall by Jeymes Samuel, The Power of The Dog by Jane Campion, The Guilty Antoine Fuqua and Chiaroscuro by Rebecca Hall, for the retrospective part, Don’t Look Up: Cosmic Denial by Adam Mckay, God’s hand by Paolo Sorrentino and The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal, for previews.
The Netflix press release also explains that “This initiative is part of the continuity of the collaboration established between Netflix and the Cinémathèque française since 2019 with a sponsorship in favor of the reconstruction of the full version, known as “Apollo”, of Napoleon Abel Gance (1927), the organization of exceptional screenings, conferences and master classes (Aaron Sorkin, David Fincher, etc.). It also marks a new stage in the relationship between Netflix and the Lumière Institute started in 2018 with the preview presentation as part of the Lumière festival of Roma Alfonso Cuaron and On the other side of the wind Orson Welles and The irishman by Martin Scorsese in 2019. This year, the Lumière festival hosted four films that were part of the Film Club in the presence of their directors: The Power of the Dog by Jane Campion, God’s hand by Paolo Sorrentino, The Lost Daughter by Maggie Gyllenhaal and Chiaroscuro by Rebecca Hall. “